16 April 2019
I live in Landgraaf. It was so easy just to get into the car and drive to work. But two cars in the driveway and at least four visits a month to the filling station started me thinking. I did the sums and found out that a car pretty soon costs 300 euros a month in petrol alone. And then there were those endless tailbacks on the motorway to Maastricht – starting as early as Meerssen.
I enjoy my work, so there was no question of a job change. And I didn’t want to relocate to Maastricht. Here, I live a stone’s throw from the station. So it was hardly rocket science. Now I travel to work every day on a direct connection with Veolia. Sometimes, I get annoyed by the chatter, especially when people start sharing their life stories with all and sundry. But I just open my book and put on my headphones.
Would I recommend the train to my colleagues? What? And add to the commotion?
Ha-ha. Yes, definitely. It’s really very comfortable. Mind you, a few more trains an hour would be even better. And it’s time my employer reviewed my travel expenses.
At home I’m careful about what I spend, and I support sustainability. I use energy-saving light bulbs and I recycle waste, but I haven’t got solar panels on my roof. Of course I think about what things cost, but you need to live. I’ve got two daughters, who can spend money like water!
Public transportation offers more flexibility and is faster than you might think. Is public transport not suitable for your daily commute? Then consider it for 1 day a week or for your visit to the city, the amusement park or one of the other activities in (South) Limburg.