… you got the guy and his date.
So sang the Violent Femmes back in the 1980s. Well, I’ve been taking the bus to and from work for the past week or so. I’ve been kind of anti-RIPTA in the past because it isn’t overly convenient for me. However, with 4 new employees in our department and more people using our parking lot outside the building (because the faculty are still too lazy to walk across campus), I have to get up around the same time to get to work early and get a parking space. So instead of driving, I’ve decided to take the bus. I get on the 92 Green Line trolley with Susan (she takes it all the way to work) and get off at Kennedy Plaza and wait for the 55 Admiral St./Providence College bus that comes at 8:15. It gets me right at the Huxley gate at 8:30. In the past, I never got to work until like 8:35-8:40 (because I’m slow and lazy). Now I get to work right on time. The bus is quite relaxing. I don’t have to deal with idiots on the road and I can just sit and watch the scenery go by on my way to work. It also puts me downtown more often, which I’ve been wanting to do. I now get to see the progress of the current projects down there.
There is a downside to the bus. There’s nothing convenient to bring me back to Federal Hill at the end of the day. I have to stay about 15 minutes late to get the bus at 4:47 or leave early around 4:20. I stay late, it’s not bad and lets me get some more things done. I get home a lot later than I used to. When I drive and leave at 4:30 (or even 4:45 or closer to 5:00), I am always home no later than 5:10. However, I now get home around 5:30. Generally, I make the hike from Kennedy Plaza to Federal Hill. The bus I would take is the 27 or 28. They’re always over crowded and standing room only (and there are always way more people waiting). So instead of waiting 5-10 minutes in Kennedy Plaza, I just walk. It’s been good for my legs and weight.
I’m going to continue taking the bus until it snows. It’s an easy and relaxing way to get to and from work. I’m just tired earlier at night though. I wake up about 45-60 minutes earlier because I need to get in the shower first (Susan wasn’t willing to change her schedule to accommodate my new mode of transportation). I feel good doing something for the environment, and I’m saving us money at the same time.