Re: Story Fodder
- From: Charlton Wilbur <cwilbur@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 11 Jan 2008 21:09:50 -0500
"Z" == Zeborah <zeborah@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
Z> Me four. The city and regional councils where I live have put
Z> some effort into changing the "No-one uses public transport ->
Z> let's cut services -> even fewer people are using it" cycle
Z> into a "Let's improve services -> look, more people are using
Z> it -> let's improve services some more" cycle.
Ah, in the area I used to live, they had an excellent bus system.
Then the state reneged on a commitment of $2 or $3 million, and they
had to cut services, and that sent the system into a death spiral.
Now the only people who use it are people who have no other
alternative, and that's a shame.
Z> I spend less than NZ$1000 a year on transport, total. Through
Z> a convenient accident of services, I walk a couple of minutes
Z> from home to my busstop, sit in my favourite seat working on my
Z> laptop for 20-30 minutes (it'd take 15-20 minutes to drive
Z> anyway) and get off the bus right outside the door of my work.
Taking the train to work takes me about 15 minutes, door-to-door.
Taking the car to work can take 10 minutes on a good day, but is far
more likely to take at least 30; and taking the car home, as I have to
deal with one of the real cluster@#$%s of Boston traffic, is likely to
take upwards of an hour and a half. But the train still gets me home
in 15 minutes.
If I didn't already have a car, I wouldn't buy one at this point.
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