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#1 Posted on 12.3.06 2153.54
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The closest major city to me is Boston. While I do not work in the city, I make use of the subway system most of the time I go there. Whether I'm going to a game at Fenway or the Garden, or just going to other parts of the city.
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#2 Posted on 12.3.06 2200.07
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I don't think Fitchburg, Leominster or Gardner count as major cities, but I do use mass transit (inter-city bus for the win!) to get up to the Mount every day.
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#3 Posted on 12.3.06 2203.09
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St Louis has a pathetic rail line. HOWEVER, if you are only going into town for events, its fine, because it stops EVERYWHERE you want to go. From the Airport, to the Zoo, to Union Station to Savvis Center, to Busch, to the Ed Jones Dome.

Most of the time when I go into downtown for a game or whatever, I park further out, and take the train down, to avoid the cost of parking.
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#4 Posted on 12.3.06 2208.58
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    St Louis has a pathetic rail line. HOWEVER, if you are only going into town for events, its fine, because it stops EVERYWHERE you want to go. From the Airport, to the Zoo, to Union Station to Savvis Center, to Busch, to the Ed Jones Dome.

    Most of the time when I go into downtown for a game or whatever, I park further out, and take the train down, to avoid the cost of parking.


I hear you on that Stagger. Parking at the new garden is $23 bucks, and lots near Fenway go for $30 or more. Parking at an MBTA lot is $3.50, and tokens each way for the subway are $1.25. 6 bucks vs 23 or more.
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#5 Posted on 13.3.06 0059.14
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Normally, I'll catch the bus to work each morning then walk home in the afternoon.
The bus is horrible most mornings, too crowded, nearly always late. Sometimes though, it's actually a decent ride.
I'm glad I'm not further out though, anything more than a 10 minute car ride to the city seems to take forever on the bus.
The 2 places I've lived near train lines were OK. At least the trains are fairly much on time. Crowded, sure, but on time.
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#6 Posted on 13.3.06 0355.56
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I used to ride the bus all the time when I was in Junior High and wasn't old enough to drive yet. Only rode the bus one more time once I got my drivers license.
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#7 Posted on 13.3.06 0719.46
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After a blessed 2 year hiatus, I am back to commuting into NYC everyday. I drive to the closest train station and take the Midtown Direct straight into Penn Station. On rainy days I have the option of walking in the rain or taking 2 different subways to a station 2 blocks from my office. I'm a train person, I would never drive in or take the bus. My commute is 1 hour and 45 minutes each way.
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#8 Posted on 13.3.06 0811.31
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When I lived/worked in the Chicago area (lived in N. Indiana, worked at Sears Tower), I rode the train downtown every day for 11 years.

Here in the darling Derby city, I cannot ride mass transit. For one thing, there is no way for me to leave my house in the morning and get to my work place by the appointed time of 8AM, And If I wanted to ride it home, I could leave at 5, get on the local bus at 5:27, get on the express shuttle downtown at 6:02, and then take the local to my house and arrive at 8:18!!

(it takes me 18 minutes to drive home)

If I did want to make it work for me, I could drive over the river to the downtown bus station, pay a parking fee and ride from there. Probably add two hours and 5 or 10 bucks to my day and save a quarter gallon of gas.
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#9 Posted on 13.3.06 1033.24
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I make use of BOTH of my city's mass transit systems. The METRA, the train line that connects Chicago to all the outlying suburbs is how I get to and from work every day. And for all my in-city travel I use the CTA all the time. I don't own a car. My g/f does, but we don't use for a whole ton of stuff if we can help it.
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#10 Posted on 13.3.06 1108.09
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I have a fairly similar daily commute to dunkndollaz, although instead of NJ Transit I have the "pleasure" of riding the largest, most congested commuter rail system in the U.S., the Long Island Rail Road, into Penn Station.

From there, it's a quick ride on the subway (usually the "A" train) down to my office in Lower Manhattan.

The usual trip is 75 minutes and change.
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#11 Posted on 14.3.06 0123.05
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I live close enough to work to walk/bike, but that will be changing soon. We're looking for a place near the main bus terminal, or near a stop that has one of the express stops to my work.

I really hate driving as a way of life. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
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#12 Posted on 14.3.06 0346.47
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I did when I was going to the University downtown. Wouldn't do it again without a semiautomatic and a few granades. Seen some pretty scary stuff at the downtown station.
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#13 Posted on 14.3.06 0448.17
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Translink (the transit system here) has a terrible website, sometimes useless CSRs, and transit is very spotty and questionable where I live. But...it's still very good value, and it gets me where I want to go.

For the most part, however, I cycle.
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#14 Posted on 14.3.06 0735.17
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I used the City of Oshkosh's Buses when I was in college. I mean, we got to take them for free. Plus, it was impossible to find a parking spot on campus anyway. I didn't use it on the way home though. Since my class ended 5 minutes after the buses went through, I found out I could walk home in the same time that it would take to wait for the bus, ride the bus, transfer to a different bus, and so on.
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#15 Posted on 22.3.06 1832.21
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When I lived in Long Island, and later on in Queens, I was a daily user of the LIRR and the subways.

Here in Philly, I occasionally take a SEPTA train into the city, and I used to travel to my old job by SEPTA bus. But unfortunately, my new job isn't convenient to public transportation, so I have to commute by car.
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#16 Posted on 22.3.06 1851.00
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Afraid not. The job kind of requires a car, as you can't necessarily take the bus to some park for a game.
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#17 Posted on 22.3.06 2031.21
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My wife commutes daily via the city bus system. I couldn't if I wanted to...There's no bus service to the suburb my office is at. Plus, I HAVE to get out of the office over lunch, and I need the car to get home or to a restaurant over the lunch hour.
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#18 Posted on 23.3.06 0759.59
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Not on a daily basis, but when it makes sense to I will. For example, when I was in college I would use the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) subway to go to downtown Cleveland. Liekwise, when I am in Boston I will use the T to go downtown and do the touristy things.
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#19 Posted on 7.5.06 1223.59
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No... San Diego's Public Transportation stinks. I did like riding the T when I visited Boston.
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#20 Posted on 7.5.06 1252.46
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    Originally posted by mountinman44
    No... San Diego's Public Transportation stinks. I did like riding the T when I visited Boston.


The Trolley is AWESOME, but only if you are going where it goes. The Bus system sucks.

Luckily for most tourists the Trolley works great for what they want to do.

Just don't try to go drinking in PB :)
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