Taking the train

I work in downtown Boston and I love every second of it. My only complaint is the parking!

Parking in Boston is painfully difficult and expensive. Finding an open space in the metered section is short of a miracle.

There are plenty of parking lots but the majority charge $20+ for the first hour!

For the past 10 years or so I’ve been parking at the least expensive parking lot in Boston, at least I think it’s the least expensive lot. This parking lot also happens to be a 5 minute walk from my job!

When I started parking there the rates were $8 a day! Slowly the rates have increased over the years and now the ‘early bird’ special is $19 a day or $21 a day (standard rate).

I decided to make a change. Take the train into work! I’m now parking closer to my house where I pay $5 a day.

Monetarily it makes sense, but to me the main benefit is the fact that I’m walking about 15 minutes to my job from the train station. This means 30 minutes of ‘free activity’ everyday!

Added benefits:

  1. I get to walk around the Rose Kennedy Greenway!  “The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun.” – Greenway’s Website
  2. I’m crushing my fitbit steps goal! I usually get about 7,500 steps by the time I’m getting on the train back home.
  3. I people watch! Boston is a huge tourist destination and I love seeing the excitment on tourists’ faces as they walk around. This always makes me slow down and enjoy what I have in “my backyard”. Every few months I become a tourist myself and go around town visiting hisotic places with my camera and taking pictures.

Thanks for reading!

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