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Old 02-25-2008, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Often we're not in the mood to rent a car when we choose to visit a certain part of the country. So if I were to explore the following cities without a car, which would be the best cities if we were to rely on public transit? Also, which systems have good connecting systems or services to suburban areas?

- Dallas- Ft. Worth
- Minneapolis- St. Paul
- Cleveland
- Houston
- St. Louis
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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St. Louis has a pretty good public transit system. You can buy a one-day pass for $4.50 and I think you could visit most tourist areas using the MetroLink.

St. Louis, MO: Visitor Information & Travel Planning Resources (http://www.explorestlouis.com/visitors/index.asp - broken link)
A Complete Guide to St. Louis Attractions

MetroLink Station List (http://www.metrostlouis.org/MetroLink/stationlist.asp - broken link)

I'd think you could get around most of the city just on the metrolink.
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Old 02-25-2008, 03:14 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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doesn't Dallas have the DART light rail system? i haven't really heard much about any of the other public transportation systems among those cities. i do have family in minneapolis and whenever i visit, i don't really see public transportation, just a lot of train tracks for commerce. maybe some are used for public transportation too, i dont know, im ignorant
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Old 02-25-2008, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Cleveland

Timetables, Maps & Schedules | Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Yes, probably Cleveland, although DART in Dallas is doing quite well.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Keeping in mind the size of the metro areas, I'd probably say Cleveland and St. Louis.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I like DART in Dallas, but as of yet the rail network doesn't connect with either airport (not without transfer to airport shuttles, which adds to time).
So I'd probably pick St. Louis for now.
Houston is pretty lacking, although their Main St. Fannin line is a nice connection between Reliant, midtown and downtown.
I know little of the other two, sorry.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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doesn't Dallas have the DART light rail system? i haven't really heard much about any of the other public transportation systems among those cities. i do have family in minneapolis and whenever i visit, i don't really see public transportation, just a lot of train tracks for commerce. maybe some are used for public transportation too, i dont know, im ignorant

Minneapolis has a really efficient bus system and light rail line. The light rail goes from downtown to the Mall of America, so in between there there's several stops that link up with many bus lines and the airport. I don't know about these other cities, but I know they take public transportation somewhat seriously up there due to the weather and the fact it's a little more liberal/green.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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doesn't Dallas have the DART light rail system?
From stuff I've read online, DART is undergoing a pretty large and rapid expansion of their light rail system. If it isn't already, it sounds like it's going to wind up being a lot more expansive than any of the other cities listed.

Here's one link, but I think if you dig around there's even a video somewhere online about it, so my vote would be Dallas/DART: DART.org - Expansion Information
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Cleveland has by far the most coverage for their transit line.
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