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Old 10-04-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I agree with Tabula that KC's winters really can't compare to Chicago's, but yes, this town is quote car centric.

UNLESS, you can work and live in the city. I live 1 mile from my job; my SO is less than 4, and it's awesome. We both have easy access to bus routes that go staright to our jobs, but they don't run as frequently as one might hope (though not bad at rush hour). Given how close we live, buying two bus passes each month (even though his is heavily subsidized by his employer) is actually significantly more expensive than simply driving the 10 miles round trip per day (We do share the one car though, which is easy in our neighborhood).

Last year it started snowing during the day so my SO and I both each simply took the bus home and he left his car all safe and toasty in his work garage until the storm had passed and the roads cleared. It worked out very well!
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I agree with Tabula that KC's winters really can't compare to Chicago's, but yes, this town is quote car centric.

UNLESS, you can work and live in the city. I live 1 mile from my job; my SO is less than 4, and it's awesome. We both have easy access to bus routes that go staright to our jobs, but they don't run as frequently as one might hope (though not bad at rush hour). Given how close we live, buying two bus passes each month (even though his is heavily subsidized by his employer) is actually significantly more expensive than simply driving the 10 miles round trip per day (We do share the one car though, which is easy in our neighborhood).

Last year it started snowing during the day so my SO and I both each simply took the bus home and he left his car all safe and toasty in his work garage until the storm had passed and the roads cleared. It worked out very well!
Same experience. When I lived on the Plaza and worked downtown, I could take either the 51 bus or the Max to and from work. The timetable was less than ideal, but it was better than having to drive and pay to park downtown every day...my employers provided a parking stipend, but it didn't touch the cost of even the crappiest parking garage, which has since been demolished.

Unfortunately, with my current employer and address, there is no viable public transport option, and my SO, who works in the far-flung reaches of JoCo (I-35 and 119th), doesn't have any such options, either. KC metro is probably the most car-centric place I've ever lived that wasn't a small, rural community.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: IN
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Same experience. When I lived on the Plaza and worked downtown, I could take either the 51 bus or the Max to and from work. The timetable was less than ideal, but it was better than having to drive and pay to park downtown every day...my employers provided a parking stipend, but it didn't touch the cost of even the crappiest parking garage, which has since been demolished.

Unfortunately, with my current employer and address, there is no viable public transport option, and my SO, who works in the far-flung reaches of JoCo (I-35 and 119th), doesn't have any such options, either. KC metro is probably the most car-centric place I've ever lived that wasn't a small, rural community.
Yes, the car-centric nature of the region also increases the cost of living in KC. Big negative. I live in the Louisville region and can walk to the bus and go directly to the Airport for a price of $1.50 one way directly from the suburbs. One can use a car or transit here. A good place for those that are motivated to save extra money and reduce your personal carbon footprint.
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