Based on two days of observations: The primary variability in my commute time will happen at South Station, where the commuter rail from Providence ends and the Boston T picks up. These trains (the ones to Providence) run approximately every half hour from 3:45 until 6:10, at which point the interval expands to about an hour. The last train going all the way to Providence runs at 8:15, and the last train to the next station North leaves at midnight. The trains take a remarkably consistent hour to get from one city to the other.
The T from South Station to Alewife (where my new offices are located) takes between 20 minutes (in the evening) and 30 minutes in the morning rush. I think that this is a combination of load/unload time and the sheer reckless velocity of the evening drivers.
Getting to either the Providence or the South Attleboro station (at the southern terminus of the commuter rail) from my house takes between 10 and 25 minutes. In the morning it’s 10 (I try to leave wicked early so as to catch a ride with Jen on her way to work), in the evening it’s more.
Therefore, my total commute requires between an hour forty and two hours fifteen.
This may help to explain why I’m so keen to get DSL set up and start working from home. While I can be quite productive on the train (one glowing example: This journal entry), it’s still just a brutally greater fraction of my day sold to the transportation gods than I’m used to.
The job still seems to be worth it. Wicked smart people building cool stuff for worthwhile users in a fast paced environment. What more could a young geek desire?