A: Where's Bill? The ambassador[ ?m'b?s?d? ] is already here. The meeting is set to start at 9 am.
B: He's late again. Traffic is probably holding him up. You know, he commutes3 from the suburbs. It's not easy commuting every day. We should cut him some slack.
A: Even though the trafic is bumper-to-bumper out there, I don't think it's heavy traffic that makes Bill late. He takes the train, remember?
B: Oh, that's right. Well, the train shouldn't be late. That means there is only one explanation.... Bill must have overslept.
A: Well, to be fare, since he's coming all the way from Lancaster, he's got to get up much earlier than the rest of us. He must get start on his commute2 about 6:30, no telling what time he actually gets up.
B: That's right, because he's got to get to the train station from his house, then take the blue line into the city, then switch trains to the red line. In all, the trip's got to take more than 2 hours.
A: Why doesn't he just drive to work?
B: It's too difficult to park your car in the city. Also, the traffic coming in from the suburbs is a nightmare.
A: I can't wait until my car is repaired. The commuting with public transportation is killing4 me.
B: It can't be that bad.
A: But it is! Take this morning for example. The subway was so packed this morning, I got totally squished by about a hundred busy commuters on the way to work.
B: At least the subway is better than the bus. It's faster for one thing. And usually less crowded. But the drawback is that the subway is more expensive than the bus. It adds up over t