Train Of The Damned
August 29, 2012 1:02 PM Subscribe
How to fix a lousy afternoon commute routine?
posted by zvs to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I spend a lot of time being annoyed by my commute. A few weeks ago I realized that the mornings are OK -- my morning routine is good. The afternoon equivalent is not.
I commute every day from Queens to Manhattan and back -- 25 minutes by E train, then walk for 15 minutes or take a busy bus for 5-10. I usually listen to music for most of the trip, and I leave work around 4 most days.
Thanks to my downtown office, I always get a seat on the subway, but the ride nonetheless starts to feel like stressful torture. I'm usually trying to decompress from a long day of mental focus, the train gets very crowded, and my stomach tenses and my posture gradually becomes uncomfortable, regardless of how I sit. By the time I get home I'm strung out and annoyed by whatever was going on with other commuters (people up in my space, constant loud music performers, people begging, etc. etc.).
What to do to reduce the stress? I've tried alternate ways of getting to work, but it's 10 miles across the inner city, which makes for an infeasibly long walk and a long, stressful bike ride. Driving would be insane. I'm at a loss for how to improve this experience, despite many years as a subway commuter.