- You never know what you are going to get. This includes travel times, arrival times, number of people on the train, types of people on the train and the overall experience.
- Don't wear your work badge on the train. I am amazed by the number of woman you proudly wear their badges on their clothes. They let everyone on the train know their name, place of work, and even sometimes their job titles. It is just not safe.
- Woman are victimized on the train. Not violently, not that I have seen yet. But verbally. The other day there was a creeper on the train. He was being creepy to a young lady and she moved to get away from him which meant she sat near met. Creeperton came over and started up again. She told him she wasn't interested. He kept on. Finally I told him she clearly wasn't interested and I would appreciate him moving away from us. He called me a fucking bitch and only then did one of the many male riders around us stepped in to say something. He got off the train but I was ready to dial 911. Now my husband wants me to carry mace. Seriously thinking about.
- You met nice people too. I have met and had conversations with some really nice people. I often feel some white privilege guilt riding the train. I certainly can afford to drive my own car and I don't need to travel that way. So I go out of my way to smile and say hi to the people next to me on the train.
- Water is essential. Because it is so flipping hot out right now I make sure to hydrate in the morning and afternoon. I am still navigating how much stuff to lug to work. That is still in progress. I am looking forward to the cooler days.
I started a new job last month and instead of sitting in traffic and getting totally road raged, I have started taking Light Rail. Many years ago I worked on the design phase of the Light Rail here in Phoenix. I was a Project Coordinator then and it was neat see the rail designed. It was finally built and I probably had ridden it a few times since then. Well now I work downtown and I am riding it 3-4 times a day. And it has been interesting. Here are my thoughts on the experience so far.
Rose Swearingen is a passionate public speaker and loves to journal about whatever comes to mind. Check out previous posts at Committed Cutie.