Tag Archives: SEPTA

What I’ve Accomplished on the Train (Instead of Car)

4 Oct

Although I enjoy the freedom of driving wherever/whenever I please, I’ve accomplished quite a bit while taking the train!

For example:

  • Reading 3 books (2 of which were Chelsea Handler & I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell…But every so often, I need a light read…)
  • Edit copy/projects for work (I promise, I’m not just writing this for my boss!)
  • Update my Twitter with my non-smart phone
  • Snooze
  • Write a blog post
  • Apply Makeup
  • Text friends to catch up
  • Randomly run into a friend, who encourages me to go to the gym afterwards
  • Read U-Lock instructions for my new bike
  • Eavesdrop on bits of random convo…
  • People-watch
  • Refresh & re-read my Monster Miler volunteer instructions!
  • Study the landscape of Philly
  • Cool off from my sweaty sprint to the subway
  • Update my “to do” list

What do you like to do on the train?


SEPTA’s TrailPass

2 Oct

SEPTA’s weekly pass features 2 colorful, vivid burgers as the background.  While I understand McDonald’s commercialism as the reasoning, I think a HUGE advantage of public transit is burning calories as you  go from trains, subways, buses and walking to your destinations. 

Eating meat has a bigger impact on the environment than a (mostly) veggie diet, not to mention McDonald’s isn’t CLOSE to a wise protein choice. If you’ve ever seen Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, you’ll discover how bad fast food is for you.

What do you think? Should SEPTA display pics of Big  Macs on their weekly passes?

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.)

Compare & Contrast: Case Study of SEPTA Train Times

16 Sep

For days 1 & 2 of taking the train to work on my Low Car Diet, I had 2 drastically different timings for AM work commute. See below.

Day 1, Wednesday:

  • 6:55, walked out door
  • 7:01, got to Subway Station
  • 7:10, got on Broad St Line
  • 7:18, arrived at Suburban Station. Train delayed for 8 minutes
  • 7:30-something: Get on Regional Rail Train
  • 8:15, get on bus. Sit & wait.
  • 8:30, bus leaves parking lot
  • 8:58 arrive at office

Day 2, Thursday morning:

  • 6:45, walk out door
  • 6:50, arrive at subway station
  • 6:54, subway arrives
  • 7:10: Arrive at Suburban Station
  • 7:15, get on Regional Rail
  • 7:45, arrive at destination station
  • 7:50, Shuttle departs
  • 8:18 AM: Walk into office!

Lesson Learned: Shockingly, missing your train by 3 minutes causes apprx 40 additional minutes of travel time…

SEPTA Commute PlayList

10 Sep

Starting on Tuesday, I’ll be commuting 5-days a week on the former R5 to Paoli.

I starting thinking about what to listen to on my iPod.

Here’s the list thus far:

  • First Train Home, Imogen Heap
  • Train Song, Ben Gibbard/Feist
  • Night Train, Amos Lee
  • Stop this Train, John Mayer
  • The Uptown Train, Joe Jackson
  • Night Train, James Brown
  • Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Waiting for the Bus, Violent Femmes
  • Magic Bus, The Who
  • Riding on a Bus, The Beatles

Any suggestions for Train/Public Transit music?