Commuting calculations

2011-09-28

in Daily updates, Rants, Toronto

My current commute takes about 90 minutes from door to door: a short walk, two long subway rides, and a bus ride.

Over the course of 52 working weeks, the commute adds up to 780 hours a year.

That means that every ten minutes I can eliminate from my bi-daily commute adds up to 43.3 hours per year.

That seems like reason enough to strongly favour housing options near subway stations, and ideally stations on the right line.

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Padraic September 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

It also means there are huge productivity benefits to commuting via transit instead of driving; that’s 780h/year of reading, etc. Especially if the TTC ever gets around to putting cell coverage in the subway tunnels.

oleh September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

Taking transit provides the opportunity for me to read on the bus. Sometimes I use it better than others. When I am really into a book, I sometimes continue to read to finish a chapter when I get off the bus using the comfortable chairs at the Hotel Vancouver.

oleh September 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

Another calculation of note: sibilant intake of breath will have its 500,000 visitor in a few hours. The sitemeter count currently stands at 499,941.

alena September 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Congratulations on the half-million mark. Think of all the time you have spent on your blog and how many people have learned something interesting or engaged in dialogue.

Milan September 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Unfortunately, the commute is actually totally dead wasted time.

Getting up at 6:30am makes me a zombie, no matter when I go to sleep. My peak of mental possibility during the morning trip is making sure I don’t botch my connections.

Similarly, the excessively early mornings leave me exhausted in the evenings. I basically just work and sleep, Monday to Friday.

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