Thursday, August 13

A demographic shift?

Nothing much out of the ordinary happened today … except that it dawned on me that there may be a subtle but noticeable demographic shift in LIRR ridership.  I got the shuttle from Medford, followed by the 7:04 from Ronkonkoma to Penn.  No M-3’s in sight in the Ronkonkoma yard, hence no point in waiting for the 7:19. The car was moderately crowded, with a 30ish woman taking the seat next to me at Deer Park. We got to Penn on time, and I waited only a couple minutes for a 2 train to Fulton.

Getting home was easy as well, with a less-than-30-seconds wait for a surprisingly uncrowded 2 at Fulton, then the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma.  This train didn’t seem too crowded at first, at least not the mid-consist car where I was riding, but shortly before departure a woman in her 40’s sat next to me.  Another uneventful ride, mostly spent playing Tetris, and we got the Ronkonkoma and the shuttle on time.

As for the demographic change, note that both of the people who sat next to me today were women.  As were both of the people on both Monday and Tuesday.  For all my talk about SCA’s, it seems as if more women than men have been taking seats next to me in recent months.  This is significant because commuter trains have traditionally attracted a predominately male ridership.  It’s not just the small number of people who’ve taken seats next to me; it’s been my impression that ridership has gotten significantly more female.  The reason, no doubt, is economy-based.  A recent federal report said that men have accounted for 80% of the job losses in the recession, likely because of the sorts of industries that have been hardest-hit.  I may be seeing the results of this trend on the trains every day.

Gym: I ran one mile at 6.2 mph, but really couldn’t get into it.  Even so, I did a total of seven miles for the week which ends tonight, one mile over my quota.  I did 20 minutes on the stationary cycle at 18.7 mph, and then 30 reps of neutral grip pull-ups, 1 x 6, 6 x 4.

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  1. I was wondering what the letters SCA stood for?

  2. If you don’t mind my quoting verbatim from a reply to a similar question …
    SCA = Suit-Covered Anus. Basically, a high-income executive/professional man who wears a suit. Many of them can be quite rude and pushy … yes, that’s stereotyping, but it’s *fun* to stereotype 🙂 They also tend to pack on the avoirdupois something wicked after age 40 or so. Because the train seats are absurdly narrow, being stuck next to a beefy person is not a pleasant experience!

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