My Commute

by Alaina on May 30, 2012 · 5 comments

Ever since joining the working world back in 2006 I have done every possible way of getting into work in Boston.

Charles Hotel Cambridge – First) Drive to Commuter Rail, take train to South Station, Red Line to Harvard Square; Second) Drive to Alewife train station and take Red Line to Harvard Square; Third) Opt to only work the night shifts and only have to pay $5 per night with a special pass

Crowne Plaza Natick – Drive during the 9-5 rush hour (FUN!)

Intercontinental Boston– Thankfully I had an unlimited parking pass so I drove in

Fairmont Copley – When living outside Boston, I would drive 93 South to get to work. Since living on a T line I would take a bus from my street, take that to the Red Line, go inbound to Downtown Crossing, transfer to the Orange Line to Back Bay and then walk the short block to work. Or if I felt like having my car around, there was a discounted rate to park down the street.

Needless to say, whatever way you could get to work in the city, I took it. And now that David and I are living out in the central part of the state, it will be nothing but driving. We do live 1/2 a mile from the commuter rail but I don’t know how often my schedule would allow me to take it.

Disappointed smile

So when I was sent this graphic about how our commutes are killing us, I could totally relate! I know the stress of commuting is going to continue, but I do thank goodness that I don’t work 9 to 5. At least my shift allows me to miss the traffic.

Killer Commute
Created by: CollegeAtHome.com

I think I am definitely guilty of getting angry in my car. I don’t go so far as to flip the finger but I have yelled at cars and beeped. It’s not fun. Sometimes I wish I could work out of my home.

What is your commute like?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I’m lucky that my office is pretty close, so I only need to take the bus for 10-15 minutes and walk a few blocks. I have a lot of friends and family who can relate to that infographic though!

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2 Sarah G May 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I’m lucky – 4 minute walk to the T, 20 minutes on the T, and another 4 minute walk to the office. My boyfriend is significantly less lucky – 4 minute walk to the T, 45-50 minutes on the T, then 20 minutes carpooling with a coworker. :( That stat about couples with one commute longer than 45 minutes and divorce totally doesn’t surprise me – his longer commute has completely changed our daily routine and it stinks! It’s crazy how something that you think of as a small part of your day has such a huge impact on your life.

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3 Michelle May 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

I moved to the suburbs to be closer to work. My car ride is just a few minutes and a ten minute walk. I definitely feel less stressed out in the morning without a crazy commute!

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4 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I’m glad my commute is a 10 minute drive :)

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5 Meghan June 4, 2012 at 8:09 am

I work from home most of the time, and I love it!

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