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Commuting to the Suburbs…3 Common Questions

23 Sep

Working in the suburbs & residing in the city can be quite the challenge for public transit. Since I started the Low Car Diet, I receive 3 common questions:

  1. Can you get to work by the train? How?
  2. How long would it take to drive?
  3. How do you like the Low Car Diet?


  1. Yes, I can get to work by public transit. I first have to either walk 20 minutes or take a subway to Suburban Station. Once there, I get the express train to my designated stop. Once I arrive, there’s a shuttle that takes me to work. Although work is 10 minutes from the train station, of course the shuttle takes a round-about route, which takes 22 minutes.  Overall, (if SEPTA isn’t running late), I leave my house at 6:45 and arrive at work at 8:20.  (If I drive and leave my house at 6:40 AM, I stop at my gym to get a workout in and arrive at my desk by 8:45.)
  2. If I drive, it can take anywhere from 35 minutes (complete rarity) or up to 2 hours (also complete rarity). I’d say the average is slightly over 1 hour.
  3. It’s a change, but I am enjoying it.  Rather than taking as throwing my 5-6 bags in my car each day, I have to limit my baggage to 1-2 smaller bags. I’m catching up on work and reading rather than listening to XPN or frustrated at drivers. Best of all, I get to hear pieces of conversations from other passengers, like the woman who was wondering why people in Northern Liberties wear clothes from the Salvation Army with Burberry jackets. (They’re called hipsters.)