Monday, February 20, 2017
Getting the Most Out of my Daily Commute
One of the reasons I wanted to move to Washington DC, was I wanted to live in a real city with a mass transit system, and by mass transit system, I mean trains and subways. I enjoy not having to fight traffic on a daily basis. The subway system is not perfect, and it does have it's moments of frustration, but far few frustrations than traffic.
I live in a high rise condo, on top of a hill about 8 miles directly south of Washington DC. I am a 10-12 minute walk from the nearest subway station. The condo runs a shuttle bus mornings and afternoons on weekdays, or I can walk, about once per week I drive to the station and park (the station has three large parking garages.)
When I can I walk to and from the station. The route crosses a small park, skirting around a steep ravine that has not been developed (a developer owns the ravine and will do something with it some day.) The picture above was taken on morning, I nice sticky snow had fallen overnight - it had all melted off by evening.
Once on the train, I almost always settle into my favorite seat, third car from the end, middle doors, east side of the train. Most mornings and afternoons I read, looking up as the train crosses the water at Four Mile Run and again as it passes the end of Reagan National Airport - I love checking out what planes are on the ground. I read again, looking up when the train crosses the River north of the Pentagon. I change trains at Gallery Place China Town, and if I can get a seat, read for another 10 minutes. If I don't feel like reading, I people watch, or simply sit and think. I leave the driving to Metro Rail. My office is five floors directly above a subway station. My commute takes 50 to 75 minutes each way - depending on how many problems the train has. I enjoy it, and do my best to get the most out of it.
What is your commute like?