While sorting this stuff out, I get a news alert about. the MTA having to take all of its newest and shiniest transits out of service, on account of a defect possibly causing the subway car doors to open at random while the train is in motion. (You know this stickers on the doors that say "do not lean on door?" Believe it now.) But there's something else nagging me about all this: I grab my phone and pull up my Weather Underground app and check Friday's forecast: partly sunny, high of 55°F, low of 47°, 10% chance of rain. Go to Google Maps and lay out a route: barely over an hour's drive post-rush-hour to the Slope, not even 30 minutes from the Slope to Bay Ridge. Parking costs: $0.
Something else comes to mind: my local Vespa dealer has a problem getting me a replacement blue key: turns out they can only get blanks from the Mothership, leaving me to have to find a place to actually cut the key to work mechanically, while the dealer can code the key to key to work electronically. I'm thinking: maybe a visit to either Vespa Brooklyn, or maybe even a side trip to Vespa Manhattan cans or this out better.
What the hell was I thinking?
It's amazing how much time public transit can take in certain circumstances: In this case, ride six miles to where there are more trains headed where I want to go (and back); once at Penn, catch one subway to a station in Brooklyn, where I catch another train to reach destination #1 (or reasonably close); once my work is done there, walk to subway and take train one stop in the opposite direction to connect with the train I need to get to destination #2 (a bit of a walk from station); once finished there, walk back to station for a long ride back to where I can connect with a faster subway to Penn Station. If I chose to take a Revel bike there instead, I'd have a painful revelation (sorry, pun was unintended, honest): The Verazzano Bridge is almost in spitting distance from there. If only I'd taken Melody…
The hell, indeed.
It didn't take quick math to realize how much time I'd slash from my workday by just hopping on and rolling directly in: the weather will be (mostly) cooperative, traffic negligible (and, worst-come-to-worst, there's the HOV lane.) Le Wife brought up the issue of EZ-Pass tolls, but I mentioned that (most likely…need to check) PTWs pay a lower rate than four-or-more-wheelers, and even if that isn't the case, the extra cost over traveling the usual way is likely negligible at worst. But I've easily slashed three hours off my travel time, easy. No rocket science required.
Like I needed yet another excuse to roll into Gotham on my own wheels. Strictly business, this time, but I'll take it.
Do the Bucktown Vespas run all night?
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