I've been traveling by mass transit lately. It's been calling out my name- environmentally speaking. Don't get me wrong, I love the luxury of riding in my car- zip zap into the city; but more and more frequently I find myself running, jumping and hailing the bus that takes me from my small downtown stop right into the Port Authority in New York City. And the benefits are even more than just environmental! While traveling with the masses I get caught up on emails, write thank you notes, grab cat naps (with my phone alarm set to prevent oversleeping), or permit myself some good old fashioned day dreaming. Riding the commuter bus has never felt so good!
Same goes for the NYC subway system. Certainly it's not something I am unfamiliar with: I've used it off and on over the last 20 years, but not until recently have I REALLY used it. Armed with my ipod in one hand and a laminated map in the other, I go from uptown to downtown without missing appointments or making excuses due to traffic. I have it down. Except for the occasional express vs. local train snafu when I miss a stop and have to double back and start again, it's one fast ride from point a to point b, and it definitely beats jumping into a cab, fighting traffic and spending what I would spend on a lunch.
Yet the truly refined transit approach is the NYC bus system. Now that's style and a completely different animal all together. NYC bus riders are different compared to the subway crowd: a little older and more gentile if you get what I mean. Whereas the underground bustles with a younger, more energetic type than their bus level gray topped counter parts. Each mode offers an important service for all people, despite age or transit preference; it's mass transit built to suit. When I have the time and have already worked out, being carted around above ground on the bus actually makes me feel luxurious!
But the best of all mass transportation in the city is the one of self-propelled walking. I know I share this passion with millions of New Yorkers when we put on great walking shoes, throw on a warm sweater or coat and get to appointments all day long on foot. My cheeks are rosy and don't need makeup, my body feels strong and used after a long day, and nothing feels better than a long hot bath after a day running around.
And to top it off and for the fun of it, when a storm blows into town, don't be surprised if you see me (along with a few other snow fanatics) cross county skiing down Madison Avenue!
Pray for snow and happy commuting!