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Old 03-29-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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My observation:

In bigger cities/metropolitan areas in Canada, it's normal and acceptable for people form all walks of life to take public transit including buses.

In smaller cities and towns, it is usually for the less well off, and you might be considered as such for using it.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:53 PM
 
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Only poor people use public transit. Owning a car is something everyone should strive for. Having a car equals freedom. It gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. Why would anyone want to waste their time or be dependent on a bus schedule???
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:14 PM
 
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I miss public transit.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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My experience riding the bus on occasion here in Duluth, Minnesota (which is about as "Canadian" as you can get in the Lower 48) is that the local buses are primarily utilized by the poor, though not necessarily the dregs of society.

The buses to the western side of town, which is poorer, are crowded, at least when I ride them.

On the other hand, those to the wealthier eastern side of town often run nearly empty. Interestingly, college students can just scan their student ID and ride for free, but very few take advantage of this. Thousands of students live on campus or near campus, but service is occasional (like every 50 minutes), and buses almost empty - there might have been around five students who rode the bus with me in my senior year of college after I had a seizure and could not drive. I think the stigmatization of bus ridership (and the fact that a lot of these kids never even rode a city bus) is to blame.

If you have low enough of an income, you can even ride the bus for free.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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From Toronto here and I'm certainly not poor but far from being rich... I guess comfortably middle to slightly middle/upper class and if PT could take me from point A to point B (namely to/fro home/work) faster than my car, that would be a value proposition that would be tough to beat. What I'm saying is, the number 1 reason I drive my car back and forth to work is because it is about 30-40 percent faster for me than PT. If it were the other way around, I'd ditch my car faster than the speed of light!
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:48 AM
 
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Only poor people use public transit. Owning a car is something everyone should strive for. Having a car equals freedom. It gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. Why would anyone want to waste their time or be dependent on a bus schedule???
I've lived in a city with public transportation most of my life and never once thought of the people using public transportation as poor or disadvantaged in any way, i look at it as a more efficient and economical way to avoid the hassles of rush hour and the daily parking problems associated with car ownership.Do all Americans have this attitude of only poor people ride the bus?
Do you really want to drive into something like this http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w7ERV09L5h...+-Big+city.JPG everyday or do you just want to step off a bus or subway?
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