Hello, How are you today? As you know in the past I’ve written about living independently through gardening and wardrobe choices, today I will be talking about using public transportation. I live in New Haven, CT where there is extensive transportation options. You may be thinking to yourself, “this sounds like someone who doesn’t have a car” and you are correct I don’t and couldn’t be happier!!
I live in New Haven but I work full time in Hartford & Middletown, CT same company, different work sites. You may be thinking Middletown, no public Transportation, and Hartford; only Amtrak —you would be wrong my friend! CT Transit, the public buss company in Hartford & New Haven, operates an express buss between Hartford & New Haven, it is run by and on Peter Pan but funded by CT Transit so a one way from New Haven to Middle town is $3.75 and New Haven to Hartford only $4.45. The buss only makes 6b stops too. it runs from the New Haven train station to the 2nd stop the New Haven Green, then it stops for a third time at a Park & Ride lot in North Haven, then it is on to a Middleown Park & Ride lot, the last two stops being next to the Old State House in Hartford then the last stop the Hartford train station. It only takes about one hour for the commute give or take a few minutes depending on traffic, and at those rates, about what you would pay in gas, mabye a little less depending on make or model. You may now be thinking “great you broke even, but tie is money, I could have been making money those 15 minutes.” You couldn’t be more wrong my friend, on the buss you can catch up on a book or do some office work on your computer, play that very addictive new app you love, or catch up on some sleep. When it comes to saving money it gets even better. With public transportation you are not making lease payments, paying for insurance, or car tax, and let us not forget upkeep (like oil changes & annual check ups).
I owned a car for about six years and found out the hard way that it was a big money drain and I can truthfully say financially and over all really happy, I have time to read books again (a hobby of mine) and I am able build up savings instead of being a slave to my car. Now transportation serves me instead of me serving it. Think about unsung public transportation. You might be glad you did.
I just wanted to thank you for reading this and please check back to see what else I post. Goodbye for now.