Commuter Crossing: Knowing your commute

CommuterCrossing-nameWelcome back to classes at Rowan, or, if this is your first semester here, welcome, fellow Prof! I’m Waldy Diez, a three-and-a-half-year commuting veteran from Hammonton. I graduated in December, but don’t you worry, I will continue to help make your commuting lifestyle more enjoyable.

As a commuter student, it is important to know your commute. You’re probably thinking that I’m crazy because you obviously know your route if you’re a commuter student. I’m talking about knowing about traffic patterns and multiple ways to campus. You never know when there is going to be an accident or road construction to hinder your path, so it is good to know multiple routes to campus and if the roads are clear that day. You don’t want to be that student who only knows one way to campus, encounters an accident along the way and turns around because you can’t get through. Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s not an easy story to try to explain to your professor.

You can check a variety of ways, including using your television and radio. A good traffic resource to use is 511NJ. According to their website, “511NJ is a free phone and web service that consolidates traffic and transportation information into a one-stop resource for commuters and motorists in the Garden State. 511NJ provides up-to-the-minute traffic conditions and it’s available seven days a week, 365 days a year.” 511 is the national travel information telephone number available to 35 states, including New Jersey. You can create your own personalized traffic alert system by creating a “My 511NJ” account. You can check your traffic account online or receive updates through a mobile device once you personalize your account.

If driving isn’t your thing, NJ Transit also has ways for you to check your commute. NJ Transit users can utilize a system called “Where’s My Bus?” All travelers need to do is look up their bus ID number from the bus stop sign, then call 973-275-5555 or text the bus stop ID to mybus (69287). The automated system will give you updates as to when the next bus will arrive. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Don’t let traffic get in the way of your commute. There are always other ways to get to campus, so you should learn another route or two, just in case.

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