Is this public transit plan safe? Chicago edition.
August 22, 2013 7:04 PM Subscribe
Is 4AM late at night or early in the morning?
posted by stoneandstar to travel & transportation around Chicago, IL (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I recently decided I needed another part-time job to pad out my other, good, career-building part-time job that I love. And I was hired at Starbucks! Hooray! (Kind of.)
I live in Hyde Park (South Side) but I was hired at a location in the Loop. I applied for the morning shift, as I only work afternoons and evenings at my other job. I am fine with the idea of opening at 4:30AM on the regular, but I just realized that the usual, dependable express bus that I use to get downtown (the #6) doesn't run that early in the morning. As is, I couldn't get to work until 4:45AM at the earliest, if I were like the Flash and there were never any CTA delays. There is another bus (the #4: Cottage Grove) which is closer to my apartment and runs earlier, but it's further on to the west side of Hyde Park, which borders some sketchier neighborhoods.
So is it a super bad idea to get on a semi-sketchy 4AM bus two or three times a week to get to the Loop for work? Is 4AM still "late at night" vs. "early in the morning," in the sense that it's notably dangerous to be out alone? Is waiting for the bus gonna be particularly dangerous? Or is the bus mostly going to be people in uniform headed to their opening shift in the Loop as well?
Sorry guys, I'm dumb. I just wanted to know if it was worth it or if I will be taking unnecessary risks. Thanks!