Opinion: Train Problems Throw NYC Commute Off Track
Ouch. That's all I can say after this morning's commute into southern Manhattan for argument at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and it's not the argument that causes me pain. The argument actually went well, as these things go.
What pains me is the commute, all three hours and thirty-five minutes of the time it took to drive from my office in Bethany to the courthouse door in the Big Apple.
Memo to Dannel: Make the trains run on time!
The week is a blur, and local news is an option I have not had time to exercise. On Wednesday evening, when a good friend calls to see how I was doing in trial in the far-flung Duchy of Rockville, I mention that we have a day off so that I can argue an appeal in New York.
"How're you getting there?" he asks.
"The 6:23 out of New Haven. It's my favorite train."
"Check the newspapers," he tells me. "Metro-North is all [expletive deleted]."
I stumble back to my office at seven or so, and check the news online. Sure enough, the trains are down — something about electrical power. There seemed to be a lot of finger-pointing going on, with Con Ed and Metro-North poking one another in their corporate eyes, while Governor Malloy tries to look above it all.
I love the train. You can get to court in lower Manhattan by 8:30 a.m. by hopping off the train and onto a subway at Grand Central Station. By boarding at New Haven, the first stop on the line, you are also guaranteed a seat. Beginning the day with almost two hours to read is a rare luxury. Some days it is also a necessity, if, as is now the case, I had not yet reviewed the joint appendix in anticipation of argument.
Driving to Manhattan will cost me time I both cherished and needed.