Last week I took Thursday and Friday off work to participate in the Texas State Republican Convention. It was being held in Fort Worth, while I live in downtown Dallas.

I thought about getting a hotel room and staying in Fort Worth for the 3 days of the conference, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay over $60 a night to stay in a hotel 35 miles away from where I live.

public transportation

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I figured I would have to drive back and forth from Dallas to Fort Worth in rush hour traffic. It would cost me at least $10 a day in gas, plus I’d probably have to pay for parking. This is all in addition to having to spend who knows how long in my car sitting in traffic.

Then it hit me: There has to be some kind of public transportation that goes from Dallas to Fort Worth.

And sure enough, I found the Trinity Railway Express.

Public Transportation is Wonderful

So instead of spending a bunch of money on gas and time in my car, I hopped on a train and used that time to write this article.

It’s a wonderful thing to take time that would have been devoted to driving and turn it into time that can be productive.

Sure I’m saving money on this deal, but more importantly I get an hour of my day back. I used the time to write posts and work on my new website that might make me a bunch of money one day.

The train was smooth, clean, safe, quiet, and basically perfect for being productive. If I had a daily commute on this train, I’d probably have 3 or 4 blogs and I’d write all the posts when I was on the train.

It had never occurred to me before, but I’m insanely jealous of people who have a commute on public transportation. To have an hour a day or uninterrupted productivity is blissful. I’m jealous of anyone who gets that time on a train.

Readers: Do you have a commute on public transportation? If not, is there any way you could use public transportation? What would you do with the extra time?

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