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Old 09-22-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Greenlink is improving, but why is Greenville's public transportation so sparse, compared to peer cities? And has Greenville's public transportation been sparse, even in, say, the 1950s and 1960s?

I would assume that since Greenville isn't that big, doesn't have a massive urbanized area where tens of thousands of people commute to work, is pretty conservative politically and doesn't have a lot of poor people, cars suffice and mass transit isn't viewed as a necessity by anyone--right?

Are there any local groups that are pressing to significantly expand mass transit?

Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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A century ago, Greenville had a cable car system. That's why certain roads like East North Street and North Main Street are so wide and why many homes in those areas don't have attached garages. It was phased out in the 40s/50s as family automobile became more common.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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Greenville is a car driving crazy city. It's so easy to get around on the streets and highways. Therefore, the demand is low for public transportation.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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Are there any local groups that are pressing to significantly expand mass transit?
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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Because this is the south.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:09 PM
 
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What similarly sized cities are you comparing Greenville to? Not doubting your claim just curious.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:13 PM
 
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It is a chicken and egg problem, people that own cars prefer them since they can travel on their own time table. The buses have crappy time tables and routes because of low demand. It does not matter how good mass transit gets at least while humans can still drive cars people will use their own car.

I do see in the next 20-30 years or so that drive a car will not a normal thing anymore. I see some point the future where manually drive a car will be outlawed or cost so much in auto insurance that no one will drive a car anymore. There will be lyft or uber app that will would be used to call up a car and you pay by the min or mile. Then when the car is not in use it will go park itself it the country and get its battery recharged.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:53 PM
 
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Since moving here I've heard that the bus service would eventually go from GVL to Spartanburg...wondering if that will ever happen.


I'm curious why the buses stop in Taylors, and do not come in to Greer. Wonder who decided to stop the route there.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:01 PM
 
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I'm curious why the buses stop in Taylors, and do not come in to Greer. Wonder who decided to stop the route there.
it's most likely just a physical limitation - the WH route can barely cover the route in the time available, much less being able to extend it. An expansion would require a separate extension connector route.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:07 PM
 
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I would assume that since Greenville isn't that big, doesn't have a massive urbanized area where tens of thousands of people commute to work, is pretty conservative politically and doesn't have a lot of poor people, cars suffice and mass transit isn't viewed as a necessity by anyone--right?
All of the above - much of the population is spread out so that it is not cost effective to cover with public transportation. At one point (90's?), the public transport system was completely de-funded and shut down. Buses were viewed as transportation for the poor. The perception is changing, but the transportation network is still not very convenient for those who might otherwise ride it.
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