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The Time for Transit

This last Friday I took public transit to work just to see how long the commute would take and if it would be cheaper than driving. I’m usually a big advocate of public transportation and don’t really like to drive. However, it looks like I’m not going to take transit to work very often. Here’s how the breakdown went:

AM Commute: 2 hours
Walked to Muni, got on a “N” train to Caltrain station.$1.50
Took Caltrain to Mountain View.$5.25
From the Mountain View station, took VTA Light Rail down to the stop just outside the office. $1.75

PM Commute: 2.5 hours
Walked the half a block to VTA Light Rail
Took VTA to the Caltrain Station in Mountain View. $1.75
Took Caltrain to San Francisco (there was a problem with the train and it there was a little delay). $5.25
From 4th & King, took Muni’s “N” train home. $1.50

Total commute time for the day = 4.5 hours and $16!

It takes between 1 to 1.5 hours to drive (one way, average 1.25 hours), dependent on traffic. It costs me $33 to fill up the tank on the truck the other day, that’s good for about 4-5 one way trips.

Total commute time and cost for the day = 2.5 hours and $7.50 (roughly).

Now, why don’t more people do their longer commutes on public transit? Hmmm…. let me think.

Bay Area Transit Authority, are you listening?!

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The Day So Far

I got down to the train stop this morning to discover an N just sitting there with it’s doors open. Then I looked to my left and there’s a J. Stuck there just outside the tunnel. And what are these hundreds of people doing milling around? Welcome to my morning. A Muni meltdown spectacular. There was some sort of problem with trains at the Embarcadero station and nothing was moving Inbound. So I walked up to Church and Market St. to find hundreds more people waiting for an above-ground F. That was slow in coming and packed to the gills when it did. Because of course, The F’s are filling up at Castro Station, their first stop.

But I’ve got to get to work this morning. I’ve got a temp job (that I’ve actually had absolutely nothing to do for the last two days) that I’ve got to get to. What to do? So I hoof it, in bad shoes and lugging a laptop. So for future reference, it takes an hour to walk from the Castro to North Beach. Just so you know.

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