…and a hard place, I guess.
Started a new commute to downtown a few weeks ago and I’m still trying to get a hang of it. My body isn’t in auto-pilot yet and worst of all, I’m not that familiar with the new train schedules. Which brings me to the hard place.
The train schedule said that I could catch the 8:20 from HOB but I would have to transfer at SEC and wait 14 mins for a train to Bloomfield. Total travel time = 43 mins and arrive at 9:03. OR wait for the 8:58 direct train from HOB to Bloomfield. Total travel time = 24 mins and arrive at 9:22.
I either wait at HOB or SEC. 6 and 1/2 dozen, right? I figured it would be better to get home a little earlier so I opted for the 8:20 via SEC.
I was enjoying my commute (and even had a sec to take this elevator vid below) until I tried scanning my monthly ticket at the turnstiles. Errrr. Errrrrrrr. Errrrrrr. Nothing. Tried it again and still nothing. Luckily, Customer Service was right there.
Went up to the window and the guy told me that I had to buy a one-way ticket to NWK because I opted for the “cheaper” ticket. (I didn’t know there was a “cheaper” option!) I felt totally deflated! My monthly ticket that I pay good money for only works if I take a DIRECT train from HOB. No transfer. No nothin. Arg.
So on top of opting for the LONGER commute (because it got me home 19 mins earlier!) I had to shell out an extra $4.25!
So here’s what I learned from tonight’s commute:
• Even though a ticket to HOB is cheaper than a ticket to NYP, there’s very limited service, especially after 6:30pm.
• If you buy a ticket to HOB “via Newark”, it’s not valid for any trains “via Secaucus”
• Always opt for the direct service and shorter commute time!
Happy belated 2015, commuters! It’s been 2 years since I last posted something but it’s a new year and still the same commute so I figured why not start up again?? (But if you follow me over on Twitter, I’ve been actively and steadily complainy there!)
An update since my last post in 2013…
• still live in Bloomfield
• changed jobs (still commute to the same exact building, just to a different floor)
• try to WALK more often to my office on 50th and 6th from Penn now instead of taking the 1 (weather permitting)
• have a son that now attends college (albeit currently taking “some time off”)
• have one less organ (donated my left kidney to my dad in November of 2013)
Besides that, it’s the same ole, same ole. NJTransit sucks 80% of the time and I try not to complain 90% of the time!
Anyway, I hope you’ve all been well and enjoying your commute. I’m sure you’re looking forward to seeing more of my posts this year!
How do you feel about saving seats on a very crowded morning train? I’m not sure how I feel about it. Normally, it’s fine if there are plenty ‘o seats but when there are only middle seats left on the 8:27 and its snowing out and you’re cranky from not getting enough sleep from the night before, right now I’m NOT loving the person that just told me I couldn’t have that empty seat because he was saving it for a friend (who was supposedly “right behind me”). I just walked away and muttered under my breath, “Really?” and took a middle seat. Boo.
But do I have dibs on that seat because I was there first? I mean, I got to the train doors first and boarded first so should I be cranky because I didn’t get that seat? Or should I just relax and be fine squished in my middle seat? Each seat costs $6.25 but you should get a discount for the middle seats especially if you get stuck next to someone that insists on conducting business on the phone first thing!