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Old 11-03-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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What is the population of your city or town? It doesn't sound rural or small which is what I thought this thread was talking about.
I agree, the thread is about rural living.
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Old 11-03-2018, 02:18 PM
 
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I agree, the thread is about rural living.
Right. There is no economic justification for passenger light rail in rural areas.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Until traffic congestion grows to the point where that bus route is at a standstill.
....... The last 15 miles into the city can easily encounter a 2 hour traffic delay.
But what you do in that situation is when you get your frequent service up and running, you dedicate one lane of the road to the bus. When it becomes apparent the buses are getting there faster than the cars, some people will get that little idea box appearing over their head and switch to the public transport.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:09 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Life is so much easier for those who rely on public transportation.

What can be done about the catastrophe known as NJ Transit?
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I live in a town that has just under 8000. The Office on Aging runs a rural transport. It only runs 8-5 M-F. There is a taxi service here. It's a one driver operation.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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But what you do in that situation is when you get your frequent service up and running, you dedicate one lane of the road to the bus. When it becomes apparent the buses are getting there faster than the cars, some people will get that little idea box appearing over their head and switch to the public transport.

Nothing in my lifetime will ever beat having my own vehicle. Nothing. I can go where I want, when I want. And I have a place to put my purchases. No matter what time of the year or the weather conditions, my journey starts and ends in my garage. I find the idea of using public transportation to be utterly abhorrent.
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:21 AM
 
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Nothing in my lifetime will ever beat having my own vehicle. Nothing. I can go where I want, when I want. And I have a place to put my purchases. No matter what time of the year or the weather conditions, my journey starts and ends in my garage. I find the idea of using public transportation to be utterly abhorrent.
It's not a one size fits all. Sure, the vast majority of people would rather drive themselves but with aging and retirement comes medical issues that may prevent you from driving. The vast majority of people stop driving at some point when they age. It's not because they love public transportation.
My next door neighbor is in his mid 90s and still drives. I don't know why because he seems to not have anywhere to go. He gets in his car and drives up and down the street. Maybe he's just practicing for that day he may actually need to drive somewhere.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Nothing in my lifetime will ever beat having my own vehicle. Nothing. I can go where I want, when I want. And I have a place to put my purchases. No matter what time of the year or the weather conditions, my journey starts and ends in my garage. I find the idea of using public transportation to be utterly abhorrent.
None of which matters in the slightest if you can no longer SAFELY drive.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:59 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Nothing in my lifetime will ever beat having my own vehicle. Nothing. I can go where I want, when I want. And I have a place to put my purchases. No matter what time of the year or the weather conditions, my journey starts and ends in my garage. I find the idea of using public transportation to be utterly abhorrent.
Well, I do hope you have a close relative or friend who will help you when you get to that point where you can't drive yourself. We all get there in the end.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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Nothing in my lifetime will ever beat having my own vehicle. Nothing. I can go where I want, when I want. And I have a place to put my purchases. No matter what time of the year or the weather conditions, my journey starts and ends in my garage. I find the idea of using public transportation to be utterly abhorrent.
Dog sled for you!

Seriously, at some point it becomes a matter of choosing the least abhorrent way to get around. Public transit on your own schedule (consistent with transitís schedule) or reliance on the kindness of individual chauffeurs or availability of paid drivers?
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