If you commute to work, you’ll enjoy your ride reading Anthony Buccino’s latest collection “This Seat Taken? Notes of a Hapless Commuter” about the joys and follies of getting to and from work in the city using NJ Transit bus and light rail service, the PATH and DeCamp bus lines.
For 11 years, he rode public transportation including NJ Transit buses, Newark City Subway — later NJ Transit Light Rail, 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 NJ.com. His transit blog on NJ.com earned the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award. Many of those blurbs, and more are gathered in this collection.
Commuters who knew he wrote for NJ.com 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 three sections of the book.
For more information visit Anthony’s website.