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Taking the train

Saturday, May 24, 2008
As has been reported lately, gas prices are on the rise. Fuel in Oregon has been near (or at) $4/gallon recently, and this makes my frequent trips up and down the I-5 corridor increasingly expensive. With a girlfriend in Eugene, a job hunt in Portland, and an apartment in Salem, going back and forth is starting to afflict the pocketbook even more than the pocket-watch.

So, with the opportunity to head south for an evening - but with a ride back north guaranteed the next day - I realized that I could drive it both ways for roughly $20... or I could take the train for $18. (It would have cost less for a non-mid-day ride, but this is when I wanted to head down there.) As a result, I'm actually composing this blog (offline) while sitting in a generously sized coach seat on Amtrak's Starlight Express.


Interestingly, I've looked at the price breakdown before and, for the first time in my memory, not driving is the cheaper option. I started to wonder if I wasn't the only one figuring this out. I asked the Amtrak person behind the counter about it. "So, with gas prices going up, are you seeing a corresponding increase in ridership?" "Absolutely," she responded. I see this as being a boon for Amtrak, which seems to have been historically been afflicted with low ridership (and corresponding budget problems.)

What's really interesting about this experience, though, is that - being unemployed - I'm not in a real hurry. I've got time. So, although it takes an extra 35-45 minutes of my day to be on the train, I can spare those minutes. They're not currently costing me anything. As a bonus, I can also read a book while traveling... or write a blog post.


Blogger Unknown said...

Nội dung cậu truyền tải tớ cảm nhận có lý, chắc phải lưu lại xem tiếp.

Sẵn đây mình muốn hỏi bên bạn có nhu cầu van chuyen Ha Noi hoặc chuyển hàng đi Sài Gòn không vậy?

Mình bên công ty vận tải chuyên cung cấp các dịch vụ van chuyen hang Bac Nam như vận chuyển hàng ra Hải Phòng, van chuyen hang den Da Nang, vận chuyển hàng về Nghệ An, van chuyen hang den Cam Ranh, vận chuyển hàng đến Phú Quốc .v.v...

Ngoài ra bên mình cũng chở ban thang may gia dinh, thang máy tải khách từ HCM để vận chuyển hàng đi Campuchia giá rẻ, vận chuyển hàng hoá qua Lào hoặc van chuyen hang hoa sang Trung Quoc.

Có gì alo cho mình, cảm ơn bạn nhiều nhé.

6:51 AM, May 15, 2016  

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