I recently started to take the train to work instead of having to deal with a one hour commute in traffic. I have to say that I’ve put down my foot and decided that from now on I will only take a job that is a 15 minute walk or less from the train station.
I LOVE taking the train because I love to read. I am now reading 2-3 books a month and relaxing on the train ride while all those other people are stuck in traffic
That being said, I have some tips on things that I have learned since I became a trainy (not tranny – get your mind out of the gutter).
The first tip is that when you have to pay for parking, putting your dollar bills in the meter can be difficult. At the commuter rail station, it costs $4 per day to park your car in the lot. So if you fold your dollar bills 4 times and put them in your back pants pocket, they will get nice and flat on your drive to the station and will fit into the meter easily.
The second tip is to sit in the first car and more specifically, the third seat from the door. Why the third seat you ask? Because if you are sitting in the two seats closest to the door, that is also the standing room where you might feel obligated to give your seat up to the elderly or a parent holding an infant (notice I did not say pregnant lady, but that is another blog post). So if you seat at least 3 seats away you are far enough away to avoid the obligation to give your seat up.
The third tip is that once the train passes the second to last station before your stop, make your way to the door. This will save you at least 12 minutes in waiting to get off the train – but make sure don’t go to early or to late because you could end up in line or standing for that extra time.
Now, on your return trip you have to make sure to watch the board at the station to see what track your train will be on. Some of the old timers go right to the track. I DON’T for two reasons. First, if I got on the wrong train Masshole Mommy would be pissed. Second, 31% of the time the track changes to the other side of the station.
But you have to be fast and ruthless on the train home because the seats fill up fast and I want a seat to read. So you have to be ready to go once the track number flashes on the screen and you have to speed walk over to your train. Like the train into work in the morning, on the train home you want to be at the door at the stop before your stop, because once the train doors open it is an all out sprint to get to your car and get out of the parking lot. If you make a mistake by staying in your seat to long or walking to your car you just added 15 minutes to your commute because you’ll be stuck in traffic to get out of the parking lot. Fortunately for me, my beautiful wife picks me up and parks in a strategic location where I can run off the train, jump in the car and we are off. I am proud to say I am in the top 5 cars out of the parking lot every day and on a good day I am number 1.