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Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I go to work by using public transportation. The station near my home is "Home", the one near my workplace is "Work". No matter how I do it, I need to change trains (at least) once per trip.

On my way to work, I start at "Home", change trains at the station "X" and get out of the train at "Work". This is the way I always do it.

I have the possibility to take the exact route (just the other way round) on my way back to home and I sometimes do so. However, I actually greatly prefer to change trains at the station "Y", even though this takes me a longer time. It's not because there are any places or people near "Y" that I go see then. In fact, all I do there is just changing trains.

Explain.
Rbruma (Rbruma)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the configuration of the stations relevant? For example, in the H->W direction access to the 2nd line platform is easier at station X, while in the reverse direction is easier at station Y?

Do you even change platforms or remain on the same, just waiting for the other train to come?
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is your chances of getting a seat on the train relevant?
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the configuration of the stations relevant? Yes, but that's not the only reason For example, in the H->W direction access to the 2nd line platform is easier at station X, No while in the reverse direction is easier at station Y? Yes, but that's not all

Do you even change platforms Yes or remain on the same, just waiting for the other train to come? Thus, no
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is your chances of getting a seat on the train relevant? Yes, it's easier when I change at Y on my way back. However, that's still not all.
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is something physical with stations X and Y relevant? Is Y less crowded at that time? Or less pickpocket-y? Do you hate waiting at the station, and changing at Y means a shorter wait? Or a shorter walk? Or a fun ride down the smooth metal handrails they have there? Or another activity you can perform at Y?
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is something physical with stations X and Y relevant? Not sure what you mean exactly but considering your following questions, I'd say yes :-) Is Y less crowded at that time? YES! Or less pickpocket-y? Dunno, but probably Do you hate waiting at the station, Yes xD and changing at Y means a shorter wait? Unfortunately not Or a shorter walk? YES! Or a fun ride down the smooth metal handrails they have there? Never tried that but it's probably fun at both stations xD Or another activity you can perform at Y? No

I guess my puzzle can be considered done now. Rats, I had thought this would take longer but you guys are good! :-) Just give me some time to write my $poiler, okay?
Potato (Potato)
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

***************** SPOILER *****************

I go to work using both the subway and the commuter train. There's a subway connecting the station near my home, Central Station (X) and another station in the city (Y).

The distance between Central Station and the station near my workplace is covered by a commuter train. It is a really direct and fast connection. The distance between Y and my workplace is covered by a different commuter train line but there's a little detour involved and there are also more stations in between, so using this line takes longer.

As Central Station is nearer to my home than station Y is, changing at Central Station is the obvious choice for me. However, I hate changing at Central Station since it's always awfully crowded, plus, due to the configuration of both Central Station and "Home", I have to walk all the way along the platform of one of these two stations. I pretty much avoid Central Station whenever I can, but since I have a tendency for being late at work, I accept the discomfort for the sake of a faster trip on my way there.

On my way back, however, time doesn't matter so much. If there's a train of the same line that I use on my way to work (the direct one), I'll take it since I don't want to wait for another one. If there's one taking me to Y, I'm more happy about it, though. Station Y is way less crowded and due to the configuration of Y, I only need to walk along half the platform.

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