RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

Commute Issues

With all of the adjustments to our new house, I've been somewhat variable in my commute. But I've seen some things that have me thinking about what I'll want to do long term.

Basically, unless MTS cancels the 880 bus, I have two options to get to and from work most days: drive or take the 880 bus. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and I'm not sure which will win out.

If I take the bus, I'll leave the house about 6:50, drop The Kid off at school a bit after 7:00 and then catch the first bus at 7:30, arriving at the office about 8:00am. Then I have to wait until about 5:20 to leave to catch the bus at 5:30, getting home a bit after 6:00. This might not be too bad, but the rest of the family goes to bed by 7:00 (robot_grrl due to her 4:00am start time, and The Kid because he needs that much sleep to function). Additionally, The Kid is often more than ready for dinner by 5:30 or so (and has been complaining that we're not eating as a family since we've moved).

But, at least if today is typical, when I drive, I leave and drop The Kid off at the same time, but get to work about 7:30 (and it isn't too bad of a drive). Getting in at 7:30 and not being dependent on the bus schedule means I can leave by 4:00 or 4:30, and will easily get home before 5:15.

When I ride the bus, however, I don't have to deal with as much traffic - mostly that around the school if I'm running late like I was yesterday. Instead I can completely focus on whatever audio book I'm listening to, or even try reading or working (I've had bad luck doing much reading in cars, so I'm leery of doing so in buses).

The final consideration is the costs. I just now ran the numbers, and with assumptions about the gas millage of my car, I come up with a savings of over $30.00 per month even at $2.95 per gallon, which jumps to over $50.00 at $3.50 per gallon and nearly $70.00 at $4.00 per gallon.

So, over the next month or so (before I have to place my next bus pass order) I need to decide if getting home later is really worth the savings in both driving stress and money or it having family time in the evening is more important.

Of course if MTS decides that Route 880 isn't worth it due to low ridership and drops the route, my decision becomes easy. (There is a public transit option other than Route 880, but it takes over an hour each way - but with a lower monthly cost)

At least in good weather (i.e. when it isn't raining - not that often around here) there is one other option. But I'm not sure I'm either in shape for a 23 mile (one way) bike ride each day, nor the fact that it would take longer than either of the motor vehicle based options. I'm also not sure how to get both to and from the bike route along CA-56.

I guess there is actually a fourth option, I could walk - which would let me use the trails through Peñsquitos Canyon, but getting there is even more tricky than the bike route.

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