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Old 03-21-2019, 01:06 PM
Location: Honolulu
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I have driven in NYC and Boston many times. Also I have used their Public Transit many times. Both are headaches.

NYC is a complete nightmare for drivers -- much worse than Tokyo and Hong Kong (where I had driven). The drivers are extremely rude. There are numerous roadworks. The cyclists can come out from nowhere. Trucks occupy 2 of the 3 lanes for loading. Parking charge can break your bank. Street parking is well nigh impossible. I saw some guys occupy street parking space as early as 6 am, stay in the car until 10 am when the street cleaning commences, then right away re-occupy the space after it is over and then go to work.

Boston is also a nightmare. The drivers are as rude as those in NYC. No wonder they are nicknamed Mass-holes.
Practically there is no street parking at all in many neighborhoods. Even their own residents have hard time to look for overnight parking. And that is the tightest parking I ever saw.

NYC's subway is a torture. Frequent delays. No AC on the platform. Space is so tight on platform and always worry being pushed down to the track. Rats running around and not afraid of human being. Many delays and the design is dumb. Try going to JFK from Manhattan. Their Airport Rail Express starts in Jamaica which is a joke.

And what the movies show is true -- there are many homeless people sleeping overnight on the train in NYC's subway which many routes run 24/7. I don't understand why it is allowed to happen.

Boston is slightly better. But it is not a subway at all. Most tracks are above ground and the trains run at a snail pace.

Both systems are filthy and need overhaul. I understand the systems are over 100 years old. But that is not an excuse.

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Old 03-24-2019, 05:02 PM
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Originally Posted by elnina View Post
Chicago, Philadelphia, Jersey City, Baltimore,
Seattle, Oakland, Minneapolis, Miami...
Check this annual ranking of walkable and transit friendly US cities:
I'm pleased Seattle, my home, was no. 8. Mildly surprising. Eastside, Bellevue - Kirkland - Redmond and etc., so-called Eastside, not so much. Bit more car-centric.

Lots of parts of Seattle are definitely walkable, it's getting from one to another one must lean on the bus and rail which can be...not dodgy really, but "adequate." Seems to work okay, by-and-large. Sounds like could be lots worse.
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