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Old 01-17-2015, 07:51 AM
 
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No, it reflects how much our country really lacks when it comes to public transportation....but it gives us something to think about when we are sitting in traffic with everyone else burning fuel.
No, it reflects that people don't want to use public transportation! I use to take public transportation, it was awful. I disliked having to sit by unknown people, I disliked how long it takes to get from point A to point B. People drive vehicles because it is simply more practical.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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No, it reflects that people don't want to use public transportation! I use to take public transportation, it was awful. I disliked having to sit by unknown people, I disliked how long it takes to get from point A to point B. People drive vehicles because it is simply more practical.
Like others have said, I think most people drive--whether they want to or not--because public transit is no longer a viable option. It's no longer practical, because we've made ourselves dependent on the automobile.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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Like others have said, I think most people drive--whether they want to or not--because public transit is no longer a viable option. It's no longer practical, because we've made ourselves dependent on the automobile.
Seriously, how is public transit practical? Like another poster mentioned, you have to adhere to certain times that it is operating. You can get in and drive a vehicle at any time of the day or night. I know there are idealistic zealous advocates out there that want people out of their personal vehicles real bad for some reason, unfortunately their utopia is unrealistic ( not compatible with reality )
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:00 AM
 
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American FactFinder - Results

According to the U.S. Census data as of 2013...

86% of all working Americans drive a car or carpool to work
5% use public transportation (trains, subway, buses, etc.)
5% walk, bicycle, motorcycle, taxi or other means
4% work from home

Thoughts?
Not sure what you are looking for here. I don't see anything surprising.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:10 AM
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Seriously, how is public transit practical? Like another poster mentioned, you have to adhere to certain times that it is operating. You can get in and drive a vehicle at any time of the day or night. I know there are idealistic zealous advocates out there that want people out of their personal vehicles real bad for some reason, unfortunately their utopia is unrealistic ( not compatible with reality )
Depends where you live, where you are traveling to.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Seriously, how is public transit practical? Like another poster mentioned, you have to adhere to certain times that it is operating. You can get in and drive a vehicle at any time of the day or night. I know there are idealistic zealous advocates out there that want people out of their personal vehicles real bad for some reason, unfortunately their utopia is unrealistic ( not compatible with reality )
In the few remaining places where good public transportation still exists, there's only a few minutes between arrivals. Of course, this isn't usually true at odd hours. So, if you often take random trips at 3am, then you probably won't be using public transportation for that.

Most of the "idealistic zealots" on this forum don't want to force anyone out of their vehicles; they just want more options, so that those who don't want to be dependent on just a car don't have to be.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:36 AM
 
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Depends where you live, where you are traveling to.
Exactly. Some forget most of us don't live in a major metro area.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:39 AM
 
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In the few remaining places where good public transportation still exists, there's only a few minutes between arrivals. Of course, this isn't usually true at odd hours. So, if you often take random trips at 3am, then you probably won't be using public transportation for that.

Most of the "idealistic zealots" on this forum don't want to force anyone out of their vehicles; they just want more options, so that those who don't want to be dependent on just a car don't have to be.
I mentioned advocates, which would mean if you aren't a member of a advocate lobby group, my comment more then likely applies to no one in this topic. If some want to use their vehicle less, great good for them.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:47 AM
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The single, childless, and gay...guess what, they're still tax-paying Americans! Ditto for students and the poor and the physically challenged.

If you have children, it's probably for 20-30 years of your 70-80+ year life expectancy, so ...

Please let's stop extrapolating the transportation needs and logistics of healthy, well-to-do suburban families to the rest of America!!!
Yes, they are taxpayers.

If you have 2-3 kids, a few years apart, you're right, it can easily be 25 years or so from the birth of the first to the "launch" of the last. However, you have the first 20 years of your own life to account for, too. Childrearing takes up at least half your adulthood.

We should also not extrapolate the transportation needs of young, single adults to the rest of America.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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Why do you need to drive from end to end of the metro you live in regularly? Even when you drive, most people don't drive everywhere and tend to stick to their portion of the metro they live in.
To access different amenities and stores.

Sure, I stick to my suburb for the most part, but that's about 65% of the time.
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