Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Star - The 'C' question has no good answer

You can read the article here, but here are two excepts that really grind my gears:

"And I have heard this exact question at least 10 times. Not, "How are you managing the commute?" or "How long does it take to commute?" The answer is simple: It's awful. None of what attracted me to moving back to my hometown had to do with being stranded, a prisoner caged in her car, on the Don Valley Parkway for an hour, twice a day. That's two hours a day from my life that I can't get back."

At what point does a person come to the realization that they could be doing much more with their time?

"Of course, there are alternatives: the GO train, the subway etc. And I'm determined to explore those, and soon. But as far as I'm concerned – and perhaps the other 60,000 who drive to and from Richmond Hill feel the same – if I'm going to be stuck for two hours a day, I'd rather be stuck in my own space, completely independent and able to blast the radio and chat to friends (on hands-free cellphones, natch) than be squished onto a train."

Seeing as the Richmond Hill train does not fill to capacity, one would never be squished. Seriously... People need to stop pre-judging things before they try them. An iPod can give you all the tunes you like and more, and do your friends really want to hear from you at 7:30 in the morning? I know mine don't.



At 12/20/2009 1:40 p.m. , Blogger leonsp said...

Things you can do on public transit that you can't while driving:
* Read a book
* Write notes
* Type on your laptop
* Use a portable game system

Of course, having a seat helps. I plot my morning commute so that I am guaranteed a seat.:-)

At 12/20/2009 5:29 p.m. , Blogger z said...

Thanks for the link, I truly enjoyed that article. I have never been a regular user of the RH train, but I have experienced it full to the point of standing-room only.

But mostly I agree with the argument that when you buy a house so many miles away from work, you are effectively selling your life away.

"but I should be able to live wherever I want!" you say?

Well I want to live in Montreal but work in Toronto. Find me someone who won't laugh when I complain about that commute.


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