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Old 12-26-2018, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I live in the zip code you like and you don't need a car to get out to HQ2 in Crystal City.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:12 PM
 
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No. We don't have a car but spend about $2,000 a month on Ubers. Instead of paying that in insurance and car note, plus parker, we spend probably a little less on a personal "chauffer." Honestly, though, not having a car sucks.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Suburban Washington DC
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Unless you're disabled or too old to drive, why would you live without a car? It was 15 degrees this morning and felt like -15 with the wind. You want to walk to the subway or bus stop and wait outside 20 minutes in this weather? The one or two times I use the bus and subway system it seems to takes over an hour to travel the distance it takes to drive in 20 minutes. And what if you wan't to go out of the area for the day, Annapolis, Frederick, Fredericksburg, the beaches or mountains? The AZ jobs are supposed to pay well so you shouldn't have to use public transportation.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Suburban Washington DC
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No. We don't have a car but spend about $2,000 a month on Ubers. Instead of paying that in insurance and car note, plus parker, we spend probably a little less on a personal "chauffer." Honestly, though, not having a car sucks.
Holy crap. I've never used Uber but never imagined it costs that much. You could lease a brand new Mercedes for under $500, and I'm not talking the cheaper C class, add $100-200 for insurance, that again for gas and you're still less than half the cost of Uber. Just how much would parking cost?
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: DC
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$2000 a month is crazy. My typical Uber trip is about $10-15. You could commute to work using Uber and spend half that much.
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Not necessarily. If I commuted to work by Uber it'd be about 65-70 a day, making it 325-350 a week or $1300-1400 a month. If I then took it to the store, entertainment venues and so forth I'd be adding a $200-300 a month to that. And my commute isn't extreme and that takes price protection you get as a Platinum member of Uber Rewards into account. Otherwise surge pricing could get you much worse prices (and rush hour is basically always surge pricing).
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:32 AM
 
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Not necessarily. If I commuted to work by Uber it'd be about 65-70 a day, making it 325-350 a week or $1300-1400 a month. If I then took it to the store, entertainment venues and so forth I'd be adding a $200-300 a month to that. And my commute isn't extreme and that takes price protection you get as a Platinum member of Uber Rewards into account. Otherwise surge pricing could get you much worse prices (and rush hour is basically always surge pricing).
Old Austin High has 7 posts which are some pretty random posts mostly in the Texas forums. I wouldn’t spend so much effort trying to make sense of their 2K per month claim.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: DC
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Not necessarily. If I commuted to work by Uber it'd be about 65-70 a day, making it 325-350 a week or $1300-1400 a month. If I then took it to the store, entertainment venues and so forth I'd be adding a $200-300 a month to that. And my commute isn't extreme and that takes price protection you get as a Platinum member of Uber Rewards into account. Otherwise surge pricing could get you much worse prices (and rush hour is basically always surge pricing).
We are talking about living in the city, not in some god forsaken 'burb.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Don't forget about ride share. It's the primary method of transportation for many who live in the District.
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: DC
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Unless you're disabled or too old to drive, why would you live without a car? It was 15 degrees this morning and felt like -15 with the wind. You want to walk to the subway or bus stop and wait outside 20 minutes in this weather? The one or two times I use the bus and subway system it seems to takes over an hour to travel the distance it takes to drive in 20 minutes. And what if you wan't to go out of the area for the day, Annapolis, Frederick, Fredericksburg, the beaches or mountains? The AZ jobs are supposed to pay well so you shouldn't have to use public transportation.
Many people I know prefer to not drive, even if they have a car (my husband even insists on taking the Metro to work out in Tysons rather than drive). From the perspective of someone living in a dense area of DC, it's just a lot more convenient not having to worry about traffic or parking. If Metro's a mess then try a bus (more often than not there's a couple of lines to choose from, can't remember the last time I waited 20 minutes for a bus). If the traffic is bad (and therefore the bus is delayed), take the Metro. Or walk. In a real pinch you can get a cab or Uber/Lyft. None of those options are open to you if you're in a car, you're stuck. Not to mention the cost, unless you have private parking included it'll cost $150-300/mo to park a car, plus extra if you then drive to work and park there.

It is nicer to get into a warm, dry car when the weather's bad, I'll give you that. Although, it really wasn't bad this morning. I walked in to work like I normally do (~1 1/2 miles), as long as you dressed properly it was lovely out. If it were too cold then it's no big deal to walk the 4 blocks to the Metro or even call an Uber. You can rent a car if you want to go away for a day or weekend. It requires a bit more planning, but for a lot of people it's still worth it to not have to deal with the expense, maintenance, and hassle of a car. Even though we do actually have a car, until very recently we only used it once or twice a week. Before we lived together his car would sit parked and unused for weeks on end.


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The AZ jobs are supposed to pay well so you shouldn't have to use public transportation.
Amazon chose locations specifically because they were close to public transportation, that was one of their key requirements when choosing a location for HQ2. They see it as a benefit to their employees. Otherwise it would've made sense to get something cheaper further out.
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