Brian Tracy said it best, “You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Thursday, a friend of mine decided to put Brian Tracy to the test and try MetroRail for the first time. Here is what Traci J. had to say about trying a new trek to work.
[ck] What made you decide to try MetroRail?
[Traci] Several things really. I am so tired of fighting traffic in the morning from Round Rock; but, it’s even worse trying to get home in the afternoon. I don’t have air conditioning in my car at the moment. We all know how summer in Texas can be. I also wanted to minimize the wear and tear on my car so I don’t have to buy a new vehicle right away. I thought making this change would help me save money on gas and save money on the tollway. When I drive, it’s amazing how often I end up on the tollway to skirt around a traffic delay. If I were to take the tollway every day, it would cost me eighty dollars a month (and it has).
[ck] So…how was your experience on MetroRail?
[Traci] I was surprised. The experience was terrific! It was so easy and I have so many options of how to spend my time in the morning on the train. I can enjoy a cup of coffee, do a crossword, read a book or magazine (there are so many articles I have piled up at home that I can’t ever seem to get to), SLEEP, think, people watch, enjoy the view. I get on at the Lakeline Station and today I saw deer and wild turkeys. It’s much more exciting to see wildlife as opposed to brake lights. It’s a nice quiet ride. And lucky for me, I can zip on over to Kohl’s in the afternoon because it’s right by the train station.
[ck] You said you had to leave an hour earlier, how did you feel about that?
[Traci] I don’t mind at all since I have a short drive to the train station and I get to look forward to a relaxing commute.
[ck] How far did you drive to the station?
[Traci] I drove 9.2 Miles.
[ck] Including your drive to the station, what was your total time of commute?
[Traci] I left the house at 6:45 am. I arrived at the station at 7:10 am and my train departed at 7:25 am and I arrived downtown at 8:12 am. I walked two blocks to catch a bus that brought me straight to my office. I was at my desk, complete with a scrumptious Royito’s breakfast taco in hand at 8:30 am! That’s awesome!
[ck] How did the experience differ from driving?
[Traci] There is no comparison. It is so much nicer and slower paced. I feel like I finally have some time to myself instead of always rushing to get from Point A to Point B.
[Traci] Getting around downtown is no longer a problem now that Car2Go, a new service that just launched Friday, is now available. I can access a little Smart car if I need to get somewhere in a pinch for thirty-five cents a minute. There’s usually a car within a short distance from you at all times.
[ck] Will you continue riding MetroRail?