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Old Yesterday, 11:10 AM
 
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Hi, happy new year!

I was wondering if you notice any difference(physically, mentally, etc.)between bus riders and car drivers. I understand that heredity plays a big part, but I am curious to know if you see any difference in health. Thank you!
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Old Yesterday, 11:27 AM
 
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why, public transportation will put you in close proximity to much more disease and illness on a regular basis.
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Old Yesterday, 11:38 AM
 
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why, public transportation will put you in close proximity to much more disease and illness on a regular basis.
That's true! I ride the bus to save on wear and tear on my car. Also, I am thinking of wearing a mask.
My bus ride is 15 minutes to work. Alternatively, I could use bikeshare for $20 a month. Unfortunately, I cannot have a personal bike at my current place. Thanks!
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 PM
 
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It depends, and in some cases probably balances out. I started taking the bus, and it was a mile walk from the stop nearest work to my office. All downhill in the morning, uphill in the afternoon. After a month I had lost 10 lbs. from the walking. As mentioned by gvillesux, there are people coughing and sneezing and especially in the afternoon standing room only, so no way to escape the germs. Then in my case there was the possible danger from passing by the downtown Seattle homeless and druggies, seeing mentally ill people doing weird things, and often witnessing drug “transactions” and pretending to look the other way. I have been driving now for about a year.
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Old Yesterday, 05:38 PM
 
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Hi, happy new year!

I was wondering if you notice any difference(physically, mentally, etc.)between bus riders and car drivers. I understand that heredity plays a big part, but I am curious to know if you see any difference in health. Thank you!
Choosing to take a bus or driving a car is hereditary? Hmm, learn something new every day!

Pretty difficult to tease something like that out. So many variables. You could suggest several things however:

Someone who uses mass transit might end up being more relaxed and easy going because they don't arrive at work or back home stressed out, angry, and tired by a long commute. They might be a little bit healthier. A person who believes they are doing something responsible and good by using mass transit may end up having more self esteem, which could translate into better health. OTOH, someone asserting their independence and being confident enough to commute on their own everyday may feel the same way.

People who cannot stand giving up control to others (like a bus schedule or a bus driver) might be more likely to have anxiety issues. They may be too uptight, aggressive Type A personalities to ever give up driving their own car. I worked for someone just like this. She was a complete control freak, didn't trust anyone, and was very unpleasant.

But, on the other hand, if someone must use mass transit because they can't keep a driver's license due to physical or behavioral problems or substance abuse, they aren't necessarily healthy.

A person could be too paranoid to drive a car themselves. A person could be too paranoid to trust a bus driver or other passengers on the bus.

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Old Yesterday, 05:42 PM
 
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why, public transportation will put you in close proximity to much more disease and illness on a regular basis.
OTOH, being exposed to viruses and bacteria could also keep your immune system functioning well and "up to date" too!
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