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Old 06-18-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Taking the bus to work.

Is not something I wont be doing.

Just for the hell of it, I though I'd see what route and how long it would take for me to get to work in the morning. According to the local public transportation website, 3 hours and 10 minutes. I'd have to start off by leaving my house at 3:50am and walk approximately 54 minutes to the nearest bus stop that could take me to work. Take three buses and light rail to arrive at a bus stop 15 minutes away from my work so I can make it there by 7:00am.

It would also cost $8.75. Each way. By my calculations it costs me about $2.50 to drive my Saturn or Suburban and it only takes 15 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes after work to get home.

I wont be taking the bus anytime soon.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Taking the bus to work.

I was looking at that when looking into cheaper options for parking and reduced commute time to class. To park at the nearest park & ride station outside the city limits would have taken me 2 hours, which included about 10 transfers, to get to campus. Granted, it was free because all students get free fare on the city buses, but the 2 hour ride totally negated the 15-20 minutes in driving that I was attempting to save myself. I tried a closer park & ride to campus because it's free parking, but the 30 minutes it took to get 4 miles, all while crammed into a standing-room-only bus, was a deal breaker. I paid the $7/day to park in an on-campus garage and walked or rode my bike to class.

Some cities have really well-designed and effective mass transit systems, such as New York and Washington D.C. (I take the metro everywhere in D.C. when I'm visiting my brother) but most cities don't. Columbus doesn't, and Memphis didn't either - I could never figure out the bus schedule to get anywhere.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:24 AM   #3
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Some cities have really well-designed and effective mass transit systems, such as New York and Washington D.C. (I take the metro everywhere in D.C. when I'm visiting my brother) but most cities don't. Columbus doesn't, and Memphis didn't either - I could never figure out the bus schedule to get anywhere.
I miss the CTA in Chicago and TheBus in Honolulu.
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:01 AM   #4
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Default Re: Taking the bus to work.

Guesstimating from the drive time, your commute is, what, 12 miles? You could probably do it in an hour and change by bicycle.

54 minutes walk -- you're THREE MILES from the nearest public transportation? Eek! And that fare is obviously a one-off fare. Regular public transportation users can generally get either bulk or monthly passes for a fraction of the single-ride fare. And you probably park for free. In most cities, that's a BIG part of the cost comparison. I pay $60 a YEAR for private, locked parking, about 10 steps from the door of my building. It's for my bike. Parking a car anywhere near there would cost $100-ish a MONTH, and would mean a 1-3 block walk.

Everybody's circumstances are different. Yours is either an extreme case, or an example of why not everybody thinks CA is "the" place to live. My seat-of-the-pants sense is that for most people, either there simply is no public transportation option for their workplace (I used to drive 15 miles to a factory outside a small village "bedroom community" of Madison, for example), or their public transpo option takes 1.5 to 2 times as long as driving. The mistake people often make is that they think they're "saving time" driving, say, 1/2 hour rather than riding a train or bus for an hour. They forget that on the train or bus, they can be doing something else, that they'd have to set aside time for if they drive. (Oh, wait, no, nowadays people are reading, getting their Email, knitting, etc. WHILE driving; I forgot that's how we do things anymore....).

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Old 06-19-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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Guesstimating from the drive time, your commute is, what, 12 miles? You could probably do it in an hour and change by bicycle.

54 minutes walk -- you're THREE MILES from the nearest public transportation? Eek! And that fare is obviously a one-off fare. Regular public transportation users can generally get either bulk or monthly passes for a fraction of the single-ride fare. And you probably park for free. In most cities, that's a BIG part of the cost comparison. I pay $60 a YEAR for private, locked parking, about 10 steps from the door of my building. It's for my bike. Parking a car anywhere near there would cost $100-ish a MONTH, and would mean a 1-3 block walk.

Everybody's circumstances are different. Yours is either an extreme case, or an example of why not everybody thinks CA is "the" place to live. My seat-of-the-pants sense is that for most people, either there simply is no public transportation option for their workplace (I used to drive 15 miles to a factory outside a small village "bedroom community" of Madison, for example), or their public transpo option takes 1.5 to 2 times as long as driving. The mistake people often make is that they think they're "saving time" driving, say, 1/2 hour rather than riding a train or bus for an hour. They forget that on the train or bus, they can be doing something else, that they'd have to set aside time for if they drive. (Oh, wait, no, nowadays people are reading, getting their Email, knitting, etc. WHILE driving; I forgot that's how we do things anymore....).
In my case, there is actually a bus stop within a five minute walk from my house. Its just no buses run on that route early in the morning. I work 7:00 to 3:30 and in order to get to work on time, I have to follow that crazy other route.

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Old 06-20-2008, 12:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Taking the bus to work.

There is no public transportation from my home to my place of employment. Basically, the bus is the only option for most people here (limited light rail and I do mean limited). The bus does take longer, but as madpogue mentioned, you could take care of other things while being driven. If I lived within 5 miles of work, I'd ride a bicycle. I live about 20 miles away and the bus doesn't go anywhere near where I work. Car pools are tough because the two guys who live by me are hourly and they like their overtime. For me, when my time is up, I'm ready to head home.

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