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Old 01-15-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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Im posting this thread because I have seen a TON of posts from people in other areas looking to move to San Antonio where I am, or other cities in search of something new, a job, change of scenery, etc... One question that it seems a good majority of posters ask is "Can I get around without a car, or is it easy to walk, mass transportation, etc.. in ______city?".

I find many of those people in my city of San Antonio seem to play up some imaginary idea to outsiders that it is easlity done here....I want to set the record straight that San Antonio nor any other Texas city is a place that you would enjoy living without your own personal transportation.

So...I am going to post what I have come to realize about the few major US cities I have lived in for those interested in this question, and I figured that the General US forum would be less biased and more of an overall picture to help.

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San Antonio - You can ride the metro system in certain areas, outside of that some will tell you about the new rail system, but it's nothing like you would see up north, and is extremely limited. Also not finished yet.

Houston - Much better than San Antonio, but not a place to live without transportation. Decient Medical Center\Downtown light rail, but not much more to it. Expansion being built, but a long time before considerable.

Jacksonville, FL. - More of the same, cars, trucks, and taxis.

Washington DC - The cleanest, and best mass transportation system I've ever seen outside of a couple in Asia. Seems like you can get within a 1/2 mile of anything in the city, and even many areas in the suburbs through the subway system.

Little Rock - Freeway driving......

Austin - Great walkways in town, and easier to get around than other Texas cities unless you get outside of the proper area. The School for the Blind is in Austin, and they seem to get around the city in certain areas well on foot, but still if you don't live in Downtown or close it's another Texas city.

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Old 01-15-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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Omaha- Hahahahahahahahaha! What's public transit?
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Milwaukee - Walkable, but some winter days can be tough. Public transit is via the bus system, which is very good and prompt. They have express buses as well to get you across the city in a jiffy.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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I live in Fairfax County, VA. An important and popular DC suburb. Yea, DC is a good city to live in without a car. In fact, you could almost get away with not having a car in the prominent cities of Alexandria and Arlington (these aren't contingious with any one county). I live in Mount Vernon which technically is an Alexandria neighborhood but sprawled outside of the city limits.

DC and it's prominent suburbs are well connected by the Metro system. Which is clean (surprisingly so for such a popular system), fast, safe and efficient. Same can be said for it's bus service, also county bus lines overlap and compliment MetroBus service.

Once you get out of those immediate areas of VA (and Chevy Chase and Silver Spring on Maryland side),you may just want to have a car on hand for some flexibility. The area is well connected due to basing metro off of our heritage streetcar and railroad network but some places are further off from the city and the metro might not be terribly convienient for accessing certain places on say weekends or if they are off the beaten path. Metro is most useful in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairax County, VA. and Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties of Maryland. Most major urban attraction are in these counties and Metro is orientated towards that

DC also has Union Station which is served by Amtrak Acela Express trains for accessing the Northeast.

Overall, living in the city and many denser close in suburbs you can get along with no car. More far flung suburbs vary however, Dulles, VA. is a popular corridor of West Fairfax County oriented around it's namesake International Airport but lacks Metro service (this is in construction as we speak to begin running I believe in 2010).

for more info wiki DC
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