Taking the Bus to Work
15-20 minutes ride time, walking to and from bus stops, and the mandatory 5 minute early arrival for ensured bus catching. Total: 30 minute commute.
If I'm running late and I miss a bus, I must wait at least 20 minutes for the next bus, whether I was 15 minutes late or 15 seconds.
If I stay at work or go to the gym afterwards, I must either stop whatever I am doing to catch the 7pm bus or take the metro, which adds 30 minutes to my commute.
If there's some bus delay, traffic jam, or other act of God, there's nothing to do but sit, realize your insignificance in the cosmic scheme of things, and do another crossword.
When choosing books, packing for the gym, or taking things to and from work, encumbrance often affects speed and maneuverability.
Taking public transportation means rarely buying gas.
$1.25 each way - $2.50 per day. Approximately 20 workdays per month: $50 per month.
Driving to Work
10-15 minute drive. Stairs from apartment, elevator to office. Total: 20 minute commute.
If I'm running late I will only be as late as I am.
If I stay at work or go to the gym afterwards, I can leave whenever I feel like it and still get home in the same amount of time.
If there's some construction delay, traffic jam, or other act of God, I can try to meander through backstreets or take other routes to buck the holdup.
What's considered a heavy load for me is no issue for a car.
I usually get about 280 miles per 10-gallon tank of gas. If gas is $2.50, that's about nine cents a mile. Work is about 3 miles from home. Daily gas cost approx. $0.55.
Parking: $85 per month. Approximately 20 workdays per month: $4.25 per day.
I decided yesterday to switch my deduction from MetroCheck to a parking permit. It seems like I've made the right choice. And even though part of my decision to stick with Justice after the accident rather than getting a new car was that taking the bus was less taxing on her, I still don't think 6 miles will shorten her life that much.
A few years ago, I would have given my left tit to be able to drive into work. Now that I've reached a certain peace with public transportation, I almost feel guilty going back to driving - as though I've given up the fight. I'm sure this won't last long. In fact, the next time it's raining and I'm still dry, I'll have forgotten all about it.