alumniguy wrote:To say that driving is more relaxing that using public transportation is pretty ridiculous, even in NYC. Yes it is crowded, but for most people that doesn't automatically translate into a stressful environment. Would less congestion be preferred, of course, but unless you live near a station that you regularly miss trains due to overcrowding (I'm thinking of 77th Str. and 68th Str. on the 6 line), then I have a hard time believing that a public transportation commute can be "stressful."
How can you possibly argue the subway isn't stressful? The stations aren't airconditioned, the trains are super crowded, etc. You're underground 80% of the time. That's supposed to be less stressful then being in a climate-controlled car with windows on a sunny day? Driving down in ATL isn't like driving in NYC. Roads don't get shut down due to random craft fairs/parades. You don't have to deal with crazy taxi drivers. There is a giant highway running through the middle of the city so for the most part you're commute is muscle memory.
It's just a matter of personal preference, I think. I live in a city (Columbus, OH) with really easy / non-existent traffic. Plus I have a reverse commute because I live downtown and work out in BFE. My door-to-door commute is <30 minutes.
I used to live in the Bronx (a 10-minute bus ride from the 6 and a 15 minute bus ride from the 2/5) and work in Manhattan. At one point I worked in tribeca, but for most of the time I lived there, I worked in Turtle Bay. Even though I was in the Bronx, the 2 and 5 were standing-room only by the time I got on. I usually just took the 6 when I worked on the East Side because I could pre-walk and get a seat.
I still would rather have my old commute than my current one. I got so much reading done (and yes, you can do it standing, even with books...paperbacks at least), I'd check my twitter feed, I'd catch up on my emails, etc. I felt like I was so much more aware of what was going on.
In the car, I have to deal with shitty drivers, stop lights, geese in the streets...and that's in the good weather. Add some ice to the road, and my commute is thrice as long.
I have a pretty manageable driving commute and have had pretty crazy subway commutes. I personally prefer the subway. You disagree, and that's fine. Most people around here prefer driving. I like my trains, and I think a number of people who prefer New York over other cities agree. Others, like yourself, just put up with it. At least when you work past 8 (or whatever) you can get your black car home.