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A man commutes to work in New York every day through 4 states.


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Kyle Rice, a 38-year-old healthcare worker from Wilmington, Delaware, crosses four states every day to get to work. He enjoys earning a six-figure salary in New York, but wants to live in Delaware, reports Yahoo.


For 15 years Rice have worked as an intensive care paramedic and spent 12 to 24 hours in an ambulance. He liked this job.

But he is of the opinion that when a good opportunity comes your way, you should take advantage of it. On the bulletin board Rice found vacancy project manager at Emergency Medical Systems, a software company. The vacancy interested him because it was related to the technical side of healthcare.

Route plan

The only catch was that the office is located in New York. The employer required employees to be present five days a week, but Rice lives with his wife and two children in Wilmington, Delaware, which is 200 km from the office. The family has their own home.

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“Although this job seemed like a dream, I could not sacrifice my life for it. “My candidacy met most of the requirements listed in the job description, so I still applied,” Rice admitted. “Knowing that it takes about two hours to get to New York by train, I wanted to be accepted.”

The job description stated that they were looking for a candidate living in New York or New Jersey.

Rice calculated that he and, for example, a person from Long Island would spend the same amount of time on the road. When asked at the second interview how he would get to work, Rice shared his thoughts. He explained that he would need to take the Amtrak train, transfer to the subway, and be at the office by 9:00. Rice was offered the position anyway and began commuting in February.

The journey takes approximately 2 hours

Rice leaves home at 6:15 a.m. and drives eight minutes to the Wilmington train station to catch the 6:33 a.m. Amtrak train to Newark-Penn Station. The trip takes about an hour and 37 minutes.

He then takes the PATH train to the World Trade Center. Travel time is 30 minutes. Around 8:35, Rice exits Oculus and goes to his office. If there are no delays, he is often one of the first to arrive at work.

The man gets home by the same route - at 19:30 the head of the family is already sitting in the living room and playing with his children.

Costs and savings

Every month, Rice spends $1400 on an unlimited Amtrak pass, which allows him to ride the train twice a day for $35 per trip. In addition, he has an unlimited PATH rail card that costs $110 per month.

“Thanks to my job, I have benefits for commuting to the office. Transportation costs may seem expensive, but they are worth it, Rice noted. “I earn more and save more working in New York.”

He says he would never consider moving to New York because it wouldn't make financial sense.

“My job pays significantly more than similar jobs in Delaware. She allowed me to double my income - now I get a six-figure sum,” the man emphasized. “I don’t have to worry about the high costs of living in New York.”

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan is $4443, which is three times what he pays on a mortgage. So his family lives in the suburbs with all the benefits of city wages.

Rice also enjoys spending time in New York City and experiencing the city's culture, food, and diversity.

“I take time to enjoy the city during my lunch breaks or before heading to the office,” Rice explained.

The hardest part

The greatest difficulty of such work is the time that a man spends on travel and not on family.

“My wife is wonderful - she has taken on the burden of being at home with two children under four years old. She handles a lot of responsibilities without me that I can’t do,” Rice said.

“When I worked as a paramedic, I had a few days off after my shift, which allowed me to help more around the house and spend time with the children,” he said.

Comfortable trips

“I like to feel comfortable and have a good time on the train. “I bring an inflatable neck pillow, blackout glasses and headphones,” Rice explained. – There is Wi-Fi on the train, so I check email, read the news, listen to podcasts or sleep. Sometimes I sit in the dining car just to talk to other people. It’s fun and helps pass the time.”

Sometimes there is additional stress if a train is delayed or moves slowly due to signal problems, he said. This may increase your commute time.

But he has a backup plan in case of delays. He was late for work several times, but his boss accepted his position.

Recently, Rice's work requirements have changed; he now travels to the office only twice a week.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching the sun rise as the train pulls into Newark, or seeing the Manhattan skyline in the distance. “Whenever I get frustrated with my commute, I remember how grateful I am that I can cross several states at once,” the man admitted. “I just be present in the moment during the ride and just enjoy the views.”

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