Back in Memphis we used to joke that it took only 15 minutes to get from point A to point B by car. Seriously, you needed to get to the airport from downtown – 15 minutes. Needed to head across the bridge to grab a 30 pack of beer at Walgreens from South Bluffs – 15 minutes. When we moved up here we were told by a couple friends that your normal travel window went from 15 minutes to roughly 45 minutes to an hour. This applies not only to driving/riding in a car/cab/uber but also to taking mass transit busses/subways/light rail trains. I here to tell you that I have tried this theory out and it stands true. My current job requires me to travel to LaGuardia Airport and the easiest and cheapest way is via the MTA buses. To get to work I grab the M15 n/b bus to 125th & 2nd Ave in Spanish Harlem and then transfer to the M60 Select Bus to LGA. Door to door is roughly an hour. I have made it in 35 minutes on a lucky day and also got delayed by traffic for an 1.5 hour trip. Thankfully because of my OCD practices I always give myself 15 minutes so <knock wood> I haven’t been caught late.
Like with anything, there is always an exception to the rule. Exception Rule #1 – On the weekends the subway lines could be delayed/not running due to scheduled maintenance. This will really screw you up because if you forgot that a particular line isn’t running then yo ass is running late.
This past weekend I put a trip to see my Asian Fireman and his family to test;
Started the clock when we hit the lobby
Closest subway station to our house is at 68th & Lexington so we zig-zag the blocks on green lights to get there.
Heading west on 70th street
Crossing 2nd Ave @ 70th and here is our 86% completed 2nd Avenue Subway station. When completed, our walking commute will be cut in half. *Stop laughing J.M., M.L., D.S., J.L., & B.M. It will get completed before we all die, the Mayor told me so!
Here is our station at the corner of 68th & Lexington Ave closest to Hunter College
Took is 12 minutes to walk to the subway station. Granted this will go longer in rain, swamp ass heat or snow
Thankfully this station is a one horse station (only one line) so today we need to head to 125th street & Lex to catch Metro North Light Rail
But you said that only the 6 train stops at this station, this says that the 4 & 5 trains stop here too? Did I mention the weekend exception earlier?
On the weekends the 4 & 5 trains run local so a normal 15 minute ride is taking more like 30 minutes
We get to the Metro North Harlem station at 125th & Lexington and wait on our light rail train
So far we are at 45 minutes, I am kinda glad that I factored in those 15 minutes.
This can get tricky because if you don’t know the end destination you can end up on a train that is running express and you would bypass your stop.
This is why I love those Mass Transit apps. It takes the guesswork out of this.
All aboard the choo choo! Right on time!
Metro North trains are nice and have comfy seats. Here it was pretty packed as Fordham was playing a home football game and the alumni were heading to the campus. I bit my tongue as these folks had just enough time to get to the stadium and not tailgate.
18 minutes later we are in Woodlawn located in the Bronx and start walking to the Asian Fireman’s residence.
Walking down Webster Ave
And we have arrived!
Like I said, it takes an hour! I ridden in a car to the same residence and with traffic it took 45 minutes.
*Editors Note – We were able to get to the Garment District from Woodlawn later that evening in under 40 minutes. Go figure!