Lets discuss commutes

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: What would you do?
    Roll your pregnant belly down the hill to work. : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Take the bus-tram-walk combo (1 hr) : (0 votes)
    Drive everyday (28 minutes in traffic-snow...) : (18 votes)
    86 %
    Do both : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’d definitely be driving. 28 minutes is nothing. I drive an hour plus traffic everyday, usually getting home between 7-9pm, in the middle of the Midwest, which I’ll do everyday while pregnant and forever likely. I think you’re overthinking it. It sounds like bus would be a lot more work than it’s worth. 

    Post # 3
    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Ugh I couldn’t imagine using the bus everyday but that is probably because I live in an area where it is straight up weird not to have a car and drive yourself everywhere.  I drive 45 minutes of highway driving, through a mountain pass that will get snowy  I think being pregnant I would much rather drive myself because I would be affraid if I got carsick and was stuck on the bus  Also I love the freedom of having my own car; if I have to run errands on lunch I can, if I need to leave early/late I can without having to worry about bus schedules, etc.  I say stick with the car, but back to this beeing me, I love driving and would be really sad if I stop lol.

    Post # 4
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve never had a child but most of my friends that have had children drove to work (much longer than 20-30 minutes) and we get plenty of snow and ice here. Also, most women here work up until their 9th month. I dont see the issue?

    Post # 5
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

    Last year I worked for a nonprofit and commuted rather far. It was about 45 minutes by car. But I knew the whole year that I was going to be moving to Boston and kept hearing I wouldn’t want a car so I never gave in and bought one. So my commute was about 2.5 hours each way. It was one bus to central station and then another to the actual school. It was extremely draining. I caught it at 5 in the morning and then got home at about 9pm. Since I knew there was a set end date, I just sort of dealt with it. Now this year I have a 20 minute bus ride 3 days a week and then an hour bus ride 2 days a week (since I’m in grad school I have classes three days, field two days). On the longer days, I take one bus, walk for about 5-10 minutes, and then catch a second one. So pretty similar to your situation. It really isn’t bad. I think, having experienced two very different public transit systems, it really depends on the reliability of the system. Last year, in Orlando, it was awful. The trip should have been like 1.5-2 hours but the buses were so late that I always ended up sitting at central station for an hour. Then there was the issue that the bus either arrived too early or too late so I was always showing up places way earlier than I needed to. But this year, the transit system is awesome in Boston so I can rely on the trip actually being the length it says. If that’s the case, then it becomes pretty easy since I just relax and read a book. So maybe test it out to see how you like the transit system and go from there? 

    Post # 6
    869 posts
    Busy bee

    I’d drive, it used to take me 1&1/2 hours by bus to get to work- not worth it. My mum spends 1 hour 15 minutes driving to get to work and by the end of it shes exhausted. Do whatever is quickest so you can get back to your home faster – and being pregnant that will definitely be most comfortable. 

    Post # 7
    380 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

    I drive 55 minutes to work every day (live in the city, use the freeway to the country). I work hours ranging from 6am to 10 pm (usually 10 hour shifts). I voted do both, as I know you are worried about the snow and the bus may be helpful for that, but i also understand the urge to just get home quickly sometimes.

    Post # 8
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would absolutely drive. I wouldn’t want to increase my half hour commute to an hour and I definitely wouldn’t want to worry about having to hitch hike home or find another way to get home if I miss the bus. I know plenty of women that drove until the end of their pregnancy and I would much rather drive myself in snow than rely on a bus.

    Post # 9
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I live in the Northeast and if this winter is like last year (I hope it’s not!) we are going to get a ton of snow and ice again. My normal daily commute is 35 minutes each way almost all highway. In the snow it will always take longer if you have to drive right after it snows, but normally most places that get snow often are pretty well equipped to clear it pretty quickly and get salt down on the roads for the ice. Usually by the day after a snow storm, it was business as usual on the roads. 

    I would personally just drive. Taking public transit would take you twice as long each way and that just sounds like a terrible tradeoff to me. I also should note, I live in an area with pretty much non exisistent public transit (unless you are going from the Suburbs to the city) I literally could not get to my work using public transit without walking over an hour on busy roads with no sidewalks. 

    Good luck whichever way you choose! And congrats!

    Post # 10
    2455 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Not pregnant but I drive almost an hour each way to work and it suuuucks! If I had the option to take public transit and walk a little I would. I would love to get the little bit of additional exercise and I’m sure walking for 10 mins won’t hurt you in your late pregnancy (unless you already have other complications.)

    I’d choose the bus, then I could read or listen to music. Learn a language or knit or something. I think of all the things I could do when not driving! lol

    Post # 11
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    A 28 minute drive isn’t too bad, and it sounds like it will save you a lot of time over the alternatives.  I’m not sure what the concerns are with driving during pregnancy…if the worry is that it’s too much sitting around then the bus would actually have you doing more of that!

    I could drive on average about half an hour one way, or take public transportation and have it be about an hour one way.  So I drive.  It’s worth it to me to have more time at home, though I would prefer to take public transportation as it is less expensive and better for the environment.  

    Post # 12
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Based solely on the fact that you might miss the bus and hitch a ride home, I’d drive.  I’m pregnant and do a combo of train and walking and it’s fine. But there is no way I’d do that if it meant the possibility of not being able to have a simple way home. 

    Post # 13
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

    I haven’t had to do any of this while pregnant… but I’m hoping to soon! Maybe asking your doctor would be best for those concerns.

    I’m in the car for 20 mins, on the train for 55, then walking 1 mile.  I don’t think a 28 minute drive is too bad, but I also don’t think an hour of commuting is bad either.  Personally, I’d probably drive most days if it was that short for me.  On days where there may be snow, I’d consider the bus-tram-walk option.

    Also, 15 euros/month?! Oh, I am jealous of that!  I think that’s just under $20US… I pay $259/month (about 206 euros per the current exchange rate). We need to get on some more affordable mass transit here.

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