Friday, September 28, 2007

The Perils of Reverse Commuting Using Public Transit

This morning you could have seen me on the 903am San Bernardino Line train from Los Angeles Union Station to Claremont. If I missed that train, the next train was at 1103am and my seminar at CMC started at 1030am. Knowing that the supply of such reverse commute trains going from the city to the eastern suburbs was small, I arrived at Union Station at 730am. I also arrived this early because if I had taken a later taxi from Westwood, I would have gotten stuck in congestion.

So, it took me 2.5 hours to go from Westwood Los, Angeles to Claremont, Los Angeles by taxi and public transit. Can you travel 2.5 hours in St. Louis and still be in St. Louis? I would guess that you would be in Chicago. I did enjoy my trip to Claremont McKenna College.

The train does attract a group of people I do not run into in my typical "university" life. I over-heard a number of exotic discussion ranging from drugs, to dating advice, to the challenges of having a boyfriend in prsion. I was having trouble doing my referee reports with all of these juicy tidbits of gossip flying around the train car.

In other news, I'm impressed by how intellectual property flows. I found a cool figure from my Green Cities book reproduced in this
Report Presented at the World Economic Forum . I'm waiting for my royalty check and my chance to meet either President Clinton at the WEF or is it WWF session.