on and off for the past few month but decided today that I have had it. Like a typical Californian, I'm addicted to my car.
A couple of things killed the train experience for me. While it is generally more convenient for a majority of people who can get on it easily, it really isn't for me. My commute isn't that bad. I do hit some traffic, but I know enough of the side streets to be able to get around any traffic jams. The money hurts a little bit, it is taking me about $60 a week to fill up my tank, but it isn't horrible. Two things did it for me.
- The train takes longer. Door to door, it takes me 30-40 minutes in my car. The train takes me about an hour. Round trip, I can save 40-60 minutes a day. That really starts to add up.
- I get a headache when I ride the train. Don't know why, it isn't bumpy or anything like that. It just gives me one. it usually takes me about an hour to recover from it when I get home, sucking up even more time.
So that's it for me. I was trying to do my part to help the environment and the horrible traffic congestion in Los Angeles, but in the end, my own convenience and comfort wins out. I know, I'm a horrible human being. Was it the right thing to do, or did I give up too easily?