Understanding the timelines of travelling in Mexico City
This week, I have been attending scholarly meetings and a seminar at my new university, and thus I have had to travel within Mexico City. I did not drive (I know it’s insanity to drive in Mexico City), so I’ve been taking the Metro, a few buses and almost everywhere, taxi cabs.
While I do remember that Mexico City has always had a congestion problem, I doubt it is anything like I experienced this week (and I’m told next week, when students come back to school, it will be even worse). I saw entire fast lanes completely stopped to an absolute halt. I have been told that you don’t schedule meetings in Mexico City and then attempt to go back to your office.
This is completely unheard of for me, if you think about it. Mexico City has an amazing public transportation system in that it covers almost every place within the city, but there are so many issues with construction (the Mexico City government is building “second floors” all over the place in hopes to ease traffic and congestion) that it is almost impossible to schedule 2 meetings in a day.
Vancouver may have lots of flaws in its transportation system, but this week, I have missed being able to walk everywhere within the Mount Pleasant area, to bus only for a mere 30 minutes and be at my office downtown at The Network Hub, or to bus 45mins to 1 hour and be at UBC. Here, I have spent anywhere from 3 to 7 hours a day commuting. This is unbelievable, seriously.