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Old 01-22-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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There were a few comments in this thread:
what is the comute time to your job & means of transporation
that made me wonder. Here are three comments from that thread:

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My job is 17 miles away...I have to drive - either that or take 6 buses and hope none are late!
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My commute by car... usually takes between 10 & 15 minutes to get to work. Public transit would greatly increase my short commute... My commute would go to about 45-60 minutes
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Even if I had a choice (which I don't) I would still drive. Many times, on my way home I run errands and have to be able to go somewhere or change plans on a moment's notice. Going from suburb to suburb does not lend itself to mass transit.
my question is why don't you take public transit? Is there no transit in your city? If there is, is the bus stop too far away? Does the bus run too infrequently? Is there no direct route? Best of all, can you provide a time example (EG: “it takes me 15 minutes by car and 45 by bus”)
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:21 PM
 
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I would have to take 3 buses and it would take a long time and in the winter, would be really cold. If I had a train option I'd take it, but I do use my car a lot for work so I have to drive. My spouse does take public transportation to work and has for nearly 10 years. His commute is about 30 minutes and he loves taking the train and not dealing with traffic. Weather has no effect his commute time. It's very convenient for him.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:23 PM
 
Location: southern california
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safety issues................
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I drive my car to work each day and it is a 12 to 15 minute ride. If I were to walk to the bus stop, that doesn't run when I need to be at work, it would take me 45 to 50 minutes to get to work. I would prefer to ride a bike to work, but need to find surface streets that would get me there on time. I currently drive on the freeway to get to work.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:12 AM
 
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We don't have it!!! I wish we did. Even on Long Island it was not feasible to use the local bus because of the strange and annoying places it would stop.

I wish local governments would address this problem.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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I did ride the subway in Chicago for 15 years from South Blvd in Evanston to Chicago Ave where the John Hancock Building where I worked is located. It took me 40 minutes and I relaxed and read the paper both ways (Sun-Times in the Morning, Tribune in the afternoon). But we live in Georgia now and I would have to catch a Cobb County Transit bus to the Holmes MARTA subway station and ride the subway to 5 Points and then get on the MARTA Memorial Drive bus to my job. It would be a long commute for me but if gas hits $4 a gallon, I may well do it.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:37 PM
 
Location: The better side of the Mason-Dixon Line
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Because I have to walk to the bus stop and its cold in the winter. I'll start using public transport in the spring and summer though. Here in Maryland the winters are just too miserable to be outside for 10 seconds not to mention the 12-15 minutes it takes for me to walk to the bus stop and the time to wait for the bus, so I drive. Saves me time too.
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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My current issue is that I'm a part time student and a near full-time employee.

So, I work roughly 8-5 M-F, and I have class 12-1MWF, and also in the evenings T/Th.

And the buses are just off by like 10 mins in the wrong direction (aka, I'd have to wait 50 mins after leaving work for the bus rather than 10 mins) so, buses don't run often enough. That and I have like a 10minute/7mile commute, so its fairly cheap for me to drive it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:19 AM
 
Location: In AZ but my home is Wi.
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Well, some areas dont offer that. Especailly the smaller towns. There are many towns who still, to this day, dont have that option available. When there are people who have jobs where you just cant because your job requires you to leave several times during the day (making service calls, go meet a manager, do an estimate, or those in construction, for example).
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:40 AM
 
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It would be wonderful if they came up with feasible inter-town mass transit. I really have no idea why no one has done this on a large scale.
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