If you live in the Metro DC area, then you either walk, bike, drive, or take metro to work.
In our household we have just the one car (can’t afford another one and really we don’t want a second car because it means taking care of yet something else).
We also work in opposite directions, which means I can’t ride with Matt in the car to go to work and he can’t take any sort of public transportation to where he works (mainly because it is nonexistent).
So I take metro and Matt drives to work.
I work about 16 miles from where we live, while Matt travels about 32 miles.
Because metro is terrible, I get up at 5:35 am, wash my face, get dressed, grab my stuff, and when the weather is ok, I ride my bike to metro (otherwise I take the bus). Once I hop on metro (and fingers crossed nothing goes wrong at that time in the morning – most breakdowns start happening around 7:30 am), I get to the office between 7 am and 7:15 am.
Matt gets up around 6:20 am and leaves the house at 6:40 am. Guess what time he gets to work? Around 7:15-7:20 am.
I’m charged around $50 per week to ride metro, which is around how much Matt has to put in the car for gas each week (this fluctuates based on gas prices so it can go up or down). Granted, I don’t have to pay maintenance fees, taxes, upkeep, etc., but hot damn that’s expensive to ride public transportation.
As one metro rider on Twitter said, metro riders in the DC metro area (which includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC proper) are charged “champagne prices for moonshine service.”
While I actually like where I work, commuting around here is kind of like our own circle of hell (no, but really, ask any commuter).
And if you want to tell me that hey! at least you can read on the train Marie! Well let me tell you what, at 6 am it’s the last thing you want to do on the train, and on the way back home, we’re packed in like sardines (literally) that it’s impossible to even lift up an arm to look at our phones, let alone hold a book to read.
Happy Monday! Hope this week goes by smoothly without any ridiculous breakdowns.