Discussion in 'Environment' started by Manuel, Jun 14, 2008.
How is public transportation in your city? Is it easy to get around?
Lot more buses. That's it, buses.
My city is spread all over the place with no real center or local activity. They now have a test bus service but I suspect it will fail. The base had a service that ran from the base to the mall. I don't think that runs anymore either.
We have a small limited bus system.
Not having access to a car is a major disadvantage. Using a bicycle is... harrowing, in the absence of any bike lanes or shoulders.
I'm nearly 40 miles outside Chicago. We have trains to the city and buses that go pretty much directly to a 'target', such as train stations, major malls, universities, to the "L" system, which is about 20 miles closer to the city.
Within 20 miles of the city, lots of public transportation.
It's not bad but it could be better. The dominant form is bus, but it is unique in that there is an extended busway from the north-east suburbs to the city and I take that every day. There is a train service which operates to the far northern suburbs and the far southern suburbs, to the hills and to the beaches. There is a tram from a beach suburb to the city centre. I have a car but I am a big fan of public transport.
I live in a coutry of some 700+ square miles which has two (read that again for effect...2! ) stop lights.
Needless to say with a population density so sparse, our public transportation options are rather limited.
And by rather limited what I mean is they don't exist...
zilch! nada! doodle squat! zip, zipola! nyet! none!
What? Did they stop the weekly stagecoach again???
After having read the other responses, I guess I'm pretty lucky where I live. Subway is a 10 min walk away, busses stop around the corner. Commuter rail and intercity busses keep the area connected.
The local transportation authority recently upgraded their website with excellent user friendly maps and schedules.
The neighborhood newspaper just printed a story about how the students at one of the public high schools decided this year to forgo the limo rentals to take them to the prom and to go by public transportation instead. The photo of a bunch of the kids in their tuxes and prom dresses crowding the aisle of a bus made me smile.
May you are so close to getting it.
As a matter of fact, I live in a town where a bus service (ultimately going to Boston) does stop twice a day.
Now if I want to take that bus to the next city (7 miles away) it only costs $8.
So while, technically I suppose, one could say that's public transportation, the de facto reality is that there is no public transport.
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