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Old 06-09-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You can always rent a car when going to load up on cheap stuff at a Wal-Mart or Costco..
Give us some rough figures. What would it cost to rent a car to go to Costco, how much would you save by buying at Costco instead of an easily accessible supermarket, and how long does it take to go to the car rental agency, pick up a car, then return it to the agency and go back home?
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Give us some rough figures. What would it cost to rent a car to go to Costco, how much would you save by buying at Costco instead of an easily accessible supermarket, and how long does it take to go to the car rental agency, pick up a car, then return it to the agency and go back home?
It depends on so much. First, never rent from an airport -- they're always more expensive. There are car rental places downtown that you can simply walk to. For example, there is an Avis next to the Metropolitan condo building. And there are some in Old East Dallas too.

I've rented cars for as low as $14 per day. Lately, they've been a lot more expensive. I know some people who will rent a car with their friends, and then make the trip up to one of the big box stores for a lot of groceries and other items. They did this when they lived in Philly and NYC as well.

Regrettably, there are few grocery stores accessible by the train or bus. There is one grocery store downtown and a couple accessible by the train or trolley. It's going to take you a lot longer to travel in mass transit though. But that is the same as it is anywhere.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Regrettably, there are few grocery stores accessible by the train or bus. .
That's interesting. Here in Victoria, there are four supermarkets, and there is a bus stop at the front door of all four of them, every thirty minutes, and when I ride the bus, it seems like about half the passengers are going to a supermarket.

I guess that's the difference between a small city and a big one. When I chose my apartment, being within a half-hour walk of a supermarket was practically the only factor in considering the location.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Dallas (and maybe Fort Worth) is probably the best. Anywhere further south you will turn in a sweaty mess while waiting out in the heat and humidity and rain for the bus to show up, not to mention walking even a mile in the heat.

I speak from experience riding the bus in Austin TX while in college.

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Old 06-10-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: East Morningside, Fort Worth, Texas
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Regrettably, there are few grocery stores accessible by the train or bus.
Thankfully, here in Fort Worth, a good number of ours are. And, with the new Wal-Mart opening at Berry and 287 next year, the situation will only get better.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Thankfully, here in Fort Worth, a good number of ours are. And, with the new Wal-Mart opening at Berry and 287 next year, the situation will only get better.
Ok -- they're accessible by bus. I mean more of the train. How many grocery stores are accessible by train in FW?
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:57 AM
 
Location: East Morningside, Fort Worth, Texas
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Ok -- they're accessible by bus. I mean more of the train. How many grocery stores are accessible by train in FW?
Well, considering how we don't have light rail like Dallas... and only have the western half of the TRE... none.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I don't even bother taking the train into downtown Fort Worth because the station is SO far removed from the rest of the city. You end up walking half a mile through a dark area to get to Sundance Square, and when the parking garages are free after 5 PM and all day on weekends, there's just no point!

Also, to get from the train to the cultural district involves changing to a bus, and then taking the scenic tour of downtown, etc... No thanks.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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The ghost town of Belgrade. No need to drive, there are no roads left (wink).
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Texas is a fairly young State so you won't find the extensive mass transports systems here.


In terms of best transit Houston and DFW would be the best. Houston has a very extensive bus system but complaints are made about frequency and run times. The good thing about Houston is that most times, all you need is clustered in residential areas, so your butt does not need to live that area unless you have friends who live far away.

Houston Bus System:


DFW has a less extensive bus system, but a more extensive rail system.

San Antonio has the next most extensive bus system, but it is not adequate. Getting around takes a hella lot of time because of zoning issues.Living close to downtown puts you in close proximity to a lot of bars and stuff but you will be hell a ways from major grocery stores, home improvement stores, many food chains like chilies etc. Amenities in San Antonio are the most spread out in Texas.

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-x4A5KAgwmtq2Q_Rxt75jgMooXc_OUKtCsAafatUBcEBtwOS4VQ (broken link)


Austin doesn't really have an extensive system, but it has been rapidly improving in the last few years.


anyway, I know quite a few people in all 4 cities who live without cars.Contrary to popular belief, many people do live in Texas without cars. The systems may not be the best, but millions of people still use them to get around.
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