AM New York‘s regular installment on hardcore commuters profiles a 23-year-old girl who commutes from the Philly suburbs to Tribeca each day, a one-way total of between four and five hours. Poor Kimberly Twist, an editorial assistant or somesuch at Cambridge University Press, takes the subway from Tribeca to Penn Station, New Jersey transit to Trenton, SEPTA to Philly, and a local train to a town called Ambler (“Amble” in the Webster’s Collegiate: “an easy gait, a leisurely walk.”)
Oh yeah, then there’s the 15 minute drive to her folks’ house.
Twist passes the time by eating, reading, doing crosswords, listening to her iPod, and bawling her eyes out about the sorry state of her life. (OK, I made that last part up.)
Her monthly commuting nut is $550–about what a normal 23-year-old might spend on a crummy rental 3 1/2 hours or so closer to work.