This Seat Taken? Notes of a Hapless Commuter

By Anthony Buccino

If you ever commuted to work, you'll enjoy reading Anthony Buccino's collection "This Seat Taken? Notes of a Hapless Commuter" about the joys and follies of getting to and from work using metropolitan public transit in the city.

Buccino's bus and rail commuting tales and observations are collected in this new 224-page book which is also available on Amazon, Kindle, and Nook.

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This Seat Taken? Notes of a hapless commuter, by Anthony BuccinoAnthony Buccino spent 12 years editing business news copy at Dow Jones & Co. for the Ticker, NewsPlus and The Wall Street Journal professional web pages.

The company was in Jersey City when he started and 10 years later moved to the NewsCorp building in the Times Square district of mid-town Manhattan.

For his first year working in Jersey City, Buccino actually drove the 12 miles each way to work and home. An average commute would take 20 minutes to reach the city and at least another 20 minutes to cross the city to his parking lot near the Hudson River.

It wasn't long before the cross-town traffic and the monthly parking fee, nearly enough for a car payment, persuaded the author to use mass transit for the first time ever to get to work.

For 11 years, he rode public transportation including NJ Transit buses, Newark City Subway, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Port Authority Trans Hudson's PATH trains, the occasional NYC subway and DeCamp buses.

For five years, Buccino wrote about commuting and transit in metro New York-New Jersey for His transit blog on earned the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award. Many of those blurbs are gathered in this collection.

Commuters who knew he wrote for would seek him out and tell him their commuter tales of woe. Often they would simply commiserate and try to see who had a worse ride in that day. But more than once, Buccino was button-holed after a scathing piece on, say, homeless people's using Newark City Subway stairwells as toilets, and told that it was cleaned up within hours of his writing about it online.

For the most part, the items collected in "This Seat Taken?" are short, so readers and commuters can pick it up and read at random, or read as far as they can before their own stop. Then, it's easy to pick up where you left off or try pot-luck in the four sections of the book.

This collection is available in print and as an ebook because when he wasn't busy writing notes about his commute, Buccino was reading a newspaper, paperback or an ebook. "My first generation Kindle got me through a lot of long, long waits at the Port Authority Bus Terminal when no one from the bus company would tell us what was going on and the lines stretched down the halls, down the escalators and back out into the lobby," Buccino said.

"It's hard to believe I once had a job where I drove 40 miles each way to work. I was changing the oil in my car every three months," Buccino said. "Then for more than 10 years I mostly drove to the bus stop and home and out for groceries once a week. I practically forgot how to drive.

"And something strange happened in the years I was commuting. People who drive cars all went screwy. They pull out in front of you. They don't use turn signals. They drive above the speed limit. These days, drivers hold conference calls and write emails while they are driving on the road. That's one group of people I don't want to read this book, at least not while they are driving," Buccino said.

"Perhaps they should set their eReaders to read "This Seat Taken?" aloud as they sit in a traffic jam wondering if that's me laughing at them from my perch on an NJTransit bus passing them in the express lane."

In 2008, Buccino published "Voices on the Bus, Train, Subway, Bus and in My Head," a collection of non-rhyming verse written while commuting from northeastern Essex County to Jersey City, N.J.




To all the strap hangers and commuters

taking public transportation to work

because it's cheaper and better for the earth

and because, like me, they'd probably run down

 annoying, sluggish pedestrians clogging crosswalks,

 if we allowed them behind the wheel.

 Happy trails.

… Anthony

In three sections





    Third Of July

    New Kid On The Bus

    Transit And Transitions

    I've Been Everywhere In New Jersey

    Waiting For The Bus

    Railroad Crossing

    Ninety-Three Hoover

    I Spy With My Little Eye

    Trash Eaters On The Train

    Ten Local Trips To Take Before I Retire

    Underground, Newark City Subway

    Ever Notice Those NCS Murals

    Murray The Groundhog

    NJ Transit Soaks Hapless Commuters

    Bank Robber Takes The Bus And Train?

    A Day Early to Pay For Sparse Parking Space

    Going The Distance Together

    Route 74 Bus -- 6:38 To Paterson

    The 74 Runs Through It

    Another Free Lunch Ends

    Fear And Yogurt

    Gimme Shelter

    The Strangest Thing

    The Second Strangest Thing

    Newark Subway Backdown

    Twelve Miles An Hour

    Your Transit Emails

    Public Transit Gives Us Reasons To Complain

    NJ Transit Hits 865,000 Trips a Day

    Schadenfreude Gas Prices

    On NJ Transit, No One Hears You Grumble

    Whose Holiday Schedule, You Might Ask

    Googling NJ Transit

    Saturday Afternoon In Newark On NJ Transit

    Why Wait Till June?

    National Customer Service Week

    Crime At Branch Brook Station

    Belleville Unwelcomes Out-of-Town Light Rail Users

    Grove Street, End Of The Line

    The New Early Shift

    The New Early Shift, Part 2

    The New Early Shift, Part 3

    Taking NJ Transit Bus To Wendy's, Literally

    Light Rail, Jersey City

    She's Going Back To Cuba

    Voices On The Bus



    Laptop, Who Has A Lap?

    Down Public Transit Lane I

    Down Public Transit Lane II

    While Riding The PATH Train West I And II

    The Great Swamp of North Jersey

    Lady in Blue Shoes

    Fraternity Rock

    Jackson Wanna Be

    To Maria On the PATH

    I’m Not Gepetto

    Poor Bishop

    Romance on the Rails, Part Duh

    PATH Car Away From Ninevah I

    PATH Car Away From Ninevah II

    PATH Car Away From Ninevah III

    PATH Car Away From Ninevah IV

    Five Years On The Rails

    Platform H -- Wednesday

    Preacher Man -- Wednesday II

    Rain's Coming -- Wednesday III

    Mind The Gap

    Inside And Outside

    Mark Of The Greasy Door

    White Knuckle Rail Traveler

    Harrison PATH Station

    Had This Been a Real Emergency

    Hackensack River Bridge Lift Problem

    Nobody Cuts The Blind Guy Any Slack

    PATH Cars Are Too Hot

    Private Quarters On The PATH Train


    Summer Reading List for Railroad Riders

    Locomotive Breath

    Ninety Minutes In Transit Heaven

    Thank You, Stranger On The PATH

    Phantom PATH And Acela Dream

    Cell Phone Free Fridays

    Amtrak Photo Contest, Keep Your Bail Card Handy

    New Train Schedule: Commuter From Hapless to Helpless

    Jurassic Park And Ride - The Sequel

    Egrets And Regrets

    Bye-Bye PATH QuickCards

    Have You Seen the New PATH cars?

    Welcoming a New Bucket of Bolts

    Sniffer Test

    A Small Part Of A Large Story



    Laughing At Traffic From My NJ Transit Bus Perch

    What To Wear On A Cold Day Like Today

    Oh, The Places You'll Go!

    Times Square Tourists Tangle With Ninja Commuter

    We're Waiting, Waiting On A Long Ride Home

    Did The Woman Fall Under The Bus Today?

    Buy The Ticket, Then Board The Bus

    No Shortage Of Commute Idiots

    Learning To Love The Lincoln Tunnel

    Getting Ready To Rumble On Route 192 Local

    So Long 192 And Low Fares, Hello 199 And Empty Pockets

    NJ Transit Fare Increase Shoots The Moon

    Blame This Blogger For 25 Percent NYC Fare Hike

    Would-Be Passenger 26 On Route 199 Bus

    Hapless Tourists Await NJ Knight In Tin Foil

    Welcoming DeCamp Riders To NJ Transit

    Commuters Enlist Rockwell, Email, To Save Nutley Bus Stop

    NJ Transit Should Study Airlines' Revenue Enhancement

    Getting Lost And Found At NJ Transit

    Bus Driver McGrumplesteen At Your Service

    Flying Through The Lincoln Tunnel

    Smoke And Mirror Fares At The Hudson River Crossings

    Proud Mary, I Get It

    Sneak peeks at Travels With Tonoose


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NJ.Com - NJ Voices

The Nutley Sun
The Belleville Times
The Independent Press of Bloomfield
The Glen Ridge Paper
The Nutley Journal
The Belleville Post
New Jersey Monthly

New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’

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