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View Poll Results: Which of the following means do you use to get to work more than once or twice a year?
Car, single occupant 57 58.76%
Car, dropping off kids / family members on the way 7 7.22%
Car, riding together with family member who works at same place 5 5.15%
Car, riding as / driving a carpool 5 5.15%
Bus 16 16.49%
Subway / metro / L 26 26.80%
Commuter rail 12 12.37%
Taxi 8 8.25%
Walking 17 17.53%
Bicycle (non-motorized) 6 6.19%
Bicycle (motorized) 0 0%
Scooter 1 1.03%
Motorcycle 0 0%
ATV 0 0%
Snowmobile 0 0%
Motorized wheelchair (gas or electric) 1 1.03%
Telecommuting 4 4.12%
My business is at home 4 4.12%
Helicopter 1 1.03%
Boat / jetski 1 1.03%
Rolling down a hill 5 5.15%
Other 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 97. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-31-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Are you trying to tell me that you've lived in Chicago your whole life and you don't know what the 'el' is? Really, is that what you are trying to tell us?
Chicago? oh that explains it. Rachel said that the trains in New York are called the el.. I lived under the New Utrecht and the McDonald and all we ever called it was "train"
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:19 PM
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Oh, okay, that explains everything. I don't know many new yorkers that refer to even the elevated train as an 'el', sorry about the confusion. From your posts it sounded like you lived here, under the 'el' and didn't know what it was called, which would be akin to someone in Boston living next door to a t-stop and having no clue that it was called "the T". Naturally, you would have to wonder about such a person
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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oooOK, what's a t-stop?
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:56 PM
j33
 
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The name for the public transportation system in Boston. Chicago has the "L", Boston has the "T", you guys generally just call it the subway (MTA), San Fransisco has the BART, etc.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Philadelphia has the SEPTA. Scranton has the FART!
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I drive 20 miles each way, by myself. I tried carpooling, but the person I was carpooling with was driving me nuts (annoying personal habits, running late, etc).
A couple of friends of mine had the same issues with carpooling. People late, sometimes got hung up at work because of conflicts with the other person's schedule and arguments about what radio station to listen to. Then of course the argument about how much money each rider pays.

I carpooled for about 6 months many years ago. It worked out OK, but my very early schedule these days would never lend itself to carpooling.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Suburban Denver

Drive alone, 4 1/2 miles each way, seldom leave for lunch.

The city just started a bus line to the hospital area where I work, but I'd still have to go 2 miles to catch it (downhill AM, uphill PM and I'm talking about a real hill here!).
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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In NY, some of the trains go above-ground. Most are underground though. But if you're riding where the train is elevated, you might say you're going to take the "el." I don't hear this too much though. You won't here many transplants calling it that. I've only heard it from some natives. Maybe because back in the 40s and 50s, many of the trains were above ground. It's mostly old natives who I hear that from. But still, most call it the subway or train. I hardly ever say "el," mostly train.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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I usually have Scotty beam me over to work. Or when he's unavaliable, I often will e-mail myself over, or maybe put myself in a box and have myself shipped. Once I tried commuting by pogo stick.

Really, though, I have only ever driven a car to work. Unforuanitely, all of my jobs have been in a suburban setting about 10 miles from where I've lived, so there is not any mass transit avaliable and it is too far to walk. I'd like to live someplace where I can use mass transit, or better yet, just walk.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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In NY, some of the trains go above-ground. Most are underground though. But if you're riding where the train is elevated, you might say you're going to take the "el." I don't hear this too much though. You won't here many transplants calling it that. I've only heard it from some natives. Maybe because back in the 40s and 50s, many of the trains were above ground. It's mostly old natives who I hear that from. But still, most call it the subway or train. I hardly ever say "el," mostly train.
I would thinnk that most transplants from chicago would call it the el. people who were adults during the 40's and 50's? hm. I'd have asked my grandparents, but they're dead. as for my parents, (60's 70's) they always just called it train or subway
whatever.
isn't it sad that so many people take a single occupant car? no wonder theres so much traffic. can't more people carpool? (and then they pretend to care about global warming. stop worrying about abstract problems if you can carpool and minimize a real problem like bumper to bumper every day
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