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Metro-North and Intercampus Shuttle Commuter

Sharan Kaur

Position: Senior Contracts Officer, Columbia Technology Ventures
Campus: Morningside
Commute mode: Metro-North train and Intercampus Shuttle
Home: Scarsdale, NY
Door-to-door commute: 1 hour  

 

Where do you commute from?

I commute on the Metro-North train from Scarsdale, New York. I get off at the Harlem 125th Street Station and take the Intercampus Shuttle to my office from there.

How long does that usually take you?

My commute is a breeze. The train ride takes me 21 minutes. Riding the campus shuttle from 125th Street to the Morningside campus is only 15 or 20 minutes. 

From walking to the train station in Scarsdale to entering my office, my commute is a little under an hour. The time I actually spend on the train and the shuttle works out to 36 to 40 minutes.

Metro-North runs several express trains between Harlem and Scarsdale, so the commute is very easy.  

Why do you prefer to take Metro North over driving in?

For one, I don’t have to deal with traffic. Nor do I have to deal with parking. I don’t have to drive in inclement weather either. So there’s no wear and tear on my car, and on top of all of that I read for pleasure on the train. I never have time to read for pleasure unless I’m on the train. I get so much reading done. It’s a great way to start the day. It’s also a great way to unwind at the end of the day before I get home.

I’ve always been able to find a seat. I’ve rarely had to stand. Maybe for one or two rides, but for the most part I always get a seat.

What happens when you need to leave work a little earlier?

There are even more Metro-North options at Grand Central Station, so you can take the 1 train from Columbia down to 42nd Street and then the Shuttle or 7 to Grand Central.  

What would you say to people who drive about taking Metro-North instead?

I would definitely encourage them to give it a try. For me, my commute is virtually stress-free. I think a lot of people probably don’t do it because they don’t realize how easy it is.

And for all of the other train commuters out there, what are you currently reading?

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. The books I’m reading currently are light and funny and super intelligent. It’s a great way to spend my commute.

Author: Maggie Niemiec, Strategic Communications Manager, Campus Services