But even with the fast drive to LA, I still missed the train ride. Driving is hard work, requires constant focus, and most significantly prevents doing anything else. Without my morning train time, I didn't have a chance to read my email, scan the news, or get going on work (or write a blogpost! ;-). I arrived at my office feeling behind. While at work, I loaded a bunch of work things to read on my computer for the ride home--only to realize that I wouldn't be able to read them. The drive back was over 2h, with traffic heavy in parts. I arrived home tired, stiff, my back sore, and again, feeling behind. I felt a lot less productive than on a train day, even though I "gained" a couple of hours.
So, the comparison:
|cost||$35 RT(tank of gas ) + wear plus parking||~$35, RT based on a 10 ride, free shuttle to work||Draw|
|time||average 2h door to door each way||av 3h door to door each way||car|
|Productivity||nil||2 hours uninterrupted office work each way||train|
|PHysical||stiff, stress||roomy, can move around||train|
|Environment||greenhouse gas||2-300 people sharing||train|
Now, if only there were a regular evening Amtrak leaving LA between the 5.10 and the 8.30, I'd be all set….