Have I mentioned here how much my daily commute downtown is my very least favorite (and that’s putting it mildly) part of my day?
For those of you that haven’t actually seen where I live in Calgary – I live in the South East quadrant at the far end of the city. It’s a beautiful lake community, with a ton if brand new amenities just being opened across the road from our home… Save-On-Foods, a boutique English Pub, Shoppers Drug Mart, and a 15 plex Cineplex Theatre opening next year, and so much more. I love our neighborhood.
But transit is ridiculous. If parking wasn’t a average of $500 a month in the downtown core, I’d deal with the heavy traffic on the Deerfoot.
But, instead, I drive 15 minutes to the SW part of Calgary, pay $73 a month for the privilege of having a parking spot somewhere in the massive lot at the last station, Somerset, and climb aboard the C-Train for another 40 minutes into the core. Often times, standing the whole way there in packed, sardine-like in the extremely aging cars that carries us all to work.
But, on many occasions the commute is extended by the cars breaking down, people getting in the way of doors closing because they couldn’t possibly wait for the next train despite the fact that there’s no place for them to truly fit, or some numbskull who decided to drive in drives into the train. Yep. That happens a lot, too.
I’ve personally also seen two bodies, (suicide-by-train most likely), people not giving their seat up for elderly or the pregnant, and even all-out fist-fights when tempers flare in the sweltering heat during the summer.
Oh. It’s good times on this commute. I’m hoping a South East solution comes sooner rather than later – Calgary desperately needs it.
YOUR TURN! Do you have an easy commute?