Swap Your Car For Public Transport? NO WAY

@wolfie34 (26792)
United Kingdom
May 27, 2007 6:10pm CST
In our country they are always coming up with schemes to help the environment by encouraging people to use public transport instead of their cars. Well when you see the state of public transport, the dirtyness, the lateness, the expense and that's without the people travelling on them On Friday I had to take my car in for a full service, so I had to return home using the bus and again to collect my car I had to return to the garage by bus On both buses it was an ordeal, I caught the school traffic and the kids on the bus the language that they used, on just two trips I saw: Blatant bullies by girls Swearing Throwing litter Spitting on the bus Loud music coming from their mobiles This never happened when I was at school, what is happening? I was so glad to get my car back and thankfully I only have to use buses very rarely I pity people who have to use them on a daily basis What are your views on your public transport is it as bad? Or Do have a good, quality transport system?
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@mummymo (23707)
27 May 07
That sounds like a nightmare for you sweetheart! I would be happy to use public transport if the buses/trains were at least kept clean, not on average running late but the one time that changes is when you are waiting for a bus with only a few minutes to spare and it has actually left early and if the routes were better organised! On top of all these things we then have to pay fares which are anything but cheap! With more and more supermarkets being built outside of town you would think that the transport companies would ensure regular services wouldn't you but do they - of course not, so then you may have to wait hours for a bus that you will then have to change and wait on another to take you the rest of the way home! By this time your frozen food has thawed and your chillrd stuff close to spoiling! So while I do think public transport would be ideal that as long as I am going to have to walk long distances to bus stops, ruin clothes on dirty seats or risk breaking a limb as a driver flies round a corner , be late for appts cause the darn thing never runs on time and pay a small fortune for the privilege you can count me out! xxx
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
28 May 07
wow, watching documentaries on europe and the different cities that one can visit, especially in london and the various english cities, one who definitely have a different impression of the public transport there! Is the public transport in the United Kingdom really that bad? You are painting a really grim picture of what the public transport is as compared to the numerous documentaries that introduces Europe to the rest of the world. With your effective unions and worker's party, isn't there any way to enforce some sort of rules to force the public transport to be better?
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@mummymo (23707)
28 May 07
Every town city is different and where I live in Scotland the transport system is better in the bigger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh but the problems I talk about do exist unfortunately! It is the government and the transport companies that need to sort out the problems of our commuters - espescially as they want us all to use it! xxx
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
28 May 07
I never experience this with buses here. I used the bus all the time when I was employed, but the thing is that bus here only comes twice in an hr so if I'm late I have to wait. There was few times the bus that passed my area was late, but now I don't see this driver anymore. In winter it's even worse, they could be late so many times all those years I was employed. But no, I never experience all that those times I used the bus, even I am a small person.
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@patootie (3593)
28 May 07
I'm sorry .. but I had to have a litle giggle .. 'only comes twice an hour' .. our local bus only comes once a day .. and twice on market days .. the schedules are idiotic too .. the only return bus from town leaves precisely 30 minutes after the bus you arrived on hahahaha ...
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
27 May 07
That's a No,no I would never swap our car for the public transport. I have heard horror stories and they are filthy. I have no idea why those kids are using such languages oh my has the time changed since I went to school over 30 years ago. The kids have no respect these days.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
28 May 07
I cannot agree more with you on that. Sometimes, i really wonder, where in the world did they learn their rowdy behavior and rude mannerism from. Comparing the youths of today and with the youths of our time, makes the bullies of our childhood look like angles!
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
27 May 07
Hi Wolfie, hows it going. I as you know only use public transportation, In the town I live in the bus system is pathetic and that is being nice. twice last week i had appointments and I do as i always do I take the earlier bus just so i won't be late, I have a whole discussion on that one. any how for the 2 pm appointment I was going to catch the 120 bus it showed up at 150. I just made my appointment, and the second one was I was on my way to pick up my granddaughter from day care and get her to her mom by 607 Normally catch the 5 pm bus, it never showed up I had to walk to the church that has the day care and then walk to meet my daughter at the bus stop. The bus company's' excuse is the heavy traffic. I said didn't you ever consider that when you set the schedules well no we didn't and now because of a government freeze our city of 150 thousand has to contend with 17 buses. Most of the time if it is nice out I walk as it is faster than taking a bus and they wonder why no one takes the darn things. Hello, thanks for letting me rant, I feel so much better lol Robin
@hezoid (2147)
27 May 07
No way! It would be completely unfeasible for my partner to swap his van for public transport. He's a painter and decorator by trade and it would be near on impossible for him to lug his painting gear (ladders on his roof-rack, umpteen pain tins, brushes etc) on a bus, and there is only 1 bus anywhere near our house and that only goes in 1 direction, and is every half hour, so he couldn't possibly ever get to all the clients houses/business he'd need to get to. Also, how unprofessional would it look to turn up to a clients house or business assuming he'd even be able to get himself and his gear there? For me persoanlly it wouldn't be so bad, i don't need to take much with me to work, but i'm a temp and am limited with where i can accept jobs as i don't drive yet myself and like i said, the buses just don't go where i need them to go from where i live!
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
28 May 07
The transport system in the city is pretty good i think but since i don't live there i haven't used it in many years. Your title says - Swap your car for public transport? - my answer is the same as yours - NO WAY, where i live there is NO public transport, so it's either have a car, find someone to run you around or just don't leave the house! Kids are just a lot different these days, they all think being a bully is ok, the think swearing is cool to do & they really just need to be taught to behave a little more - maybe parents are just more lenient these days compared to how they used to be!
• United States
28 May 07
When I lived in Philadelphia they had wonderful public transportation the train that I would take to and from town or going to New York or even Boston to visit. They were always clean, and sold food on them, very pleasantly surprised. Where I live now, I would not take public transportation unless I had to, it is very dangerous and very dirty.
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@patootie (3593)
28 May 07
First of all I would really struggle to use public transport .. I'd need help getting on and off .. would need to be seated before the vehicle moved off and would HAVE to have a seat or I'd simply fall over .. my disabilities are not compatible with using public transport .. Secondly when has any public transport ever gone where you want to go .. it doesn't .. it takes you to the vicinity of where you want to be and then you walk .. whatever the weather .. whatever the dangers .. to where you need to be .. Thirdly .. I'd still need to get my car out to travel to the bus stop/station whatever .. I can only stand for a few minutes .. so would need to be sat in my car to wait for a bus .. then of course it wouldn't stop as it would appear as if no one is waiting .. Fourthly .. if I took a taxi .. I live in the middle of nowhere .. it's hard to get taxi's to come here and you have to pay for them to travel to pick you up AND for your journey .. so just to get to town and back I would have FOUR journeys to pay for .. and I couldn't do anything when I got to town as I can't walk around .. Public transport in the my area of England is abbysmal .. the buses infrequent and archaic vehicles .. the train station is 8 miles away and has a limited destination choice .. towards London or away from London .. not many big towns on our branch lines .. and taxi's are hard to get .. On top of all that they are generally filthy, late and subject to change times without much warning .. What I need is clean and comfortable transport .. that can load my disability scooter on board .. can stop when I need to have a break .. and travel where I won't to go .. Hmmmm ... that'll be my car then ... hahahahahahh
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
31 Oct 07
I take transit almost everyday, and I hate it when the school aged kids are on. They're all attempting to act like they're much older than they are and the profanity coming out of their mouths is PAINFUL! There's so much of it! I think a lot of teenagers today lack a lot of the basic respect that even my generation had, and it wasn't that long ago that I was a teen! I remember taking the bus when I was in Junior high and high school and we never acted like that. I think most of my friends would have been embarrassed to act the way some kids do today.
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
30 Sep 07
We improved transport system in our country, However it is not realy the transprt system that is annoying but the way you are used to enjoy the comfort of your own car. However for those who do not have their own cars and have to commute by bus or use public transport, they become use to it and it becomes part of their system that they see the disadvantage of using their own car, the way you can not appreciate public transport.
@lols189 (4797)
9 Aug 07
i know what you mean wolfie. they are nothing but scum. i cant wait to get my car as i hate using the buses every day especially being around people like this, its sickening
7 Jun 07
Buddy I'm no fan of my local bus service as you probably know from my discussion. (well moan) I love the tram service though and it's worth the work to it but I can't believe how bad the bus service is I mean even old people are made to feel like they're putting the drivers out by the fact their not seated when the driver would like to pull off. ~Joey
• Turkey
4 Jun 07
Although the public transport system is good here where I live, I would never swap my car to use it daily!. The buses are always passing through my area every half hour or so, but even then I've noticed that they are always full and people are having to stand. Also the drivers go much to fast and I'd hate to think what would happen if something happened. (You have to get on a highway to get from where I live to get anywhere else, so you can imagine what speeds they are doing!!) So I'd rather keep to the safety of my own car and go exactly where and when I want to.
@weemam (13377)
29 May 07
To be honest pal I just can't remember the last time I used the bus , I have had a bus pass now for 5 years and I haven't used it yet . I need my car because Mum ,Dad , Hubby ,Ross and myself all have the blue badges and it is easier to get as close to where we are going for them , they are talking about charging us by the mile in our cars now , and if they charge on the motorways they will just go back through the villages again and cause congestion . Ross tells me we have clean buses here and he has never really seen people behaving badly on them , ( yet)
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
29 May 07
The public transport in my country is of a good standard. Our government encourages citizens to take public transport so as not to clog up the roads with cars, 'cos our land size is limited for building roads. So to temper people's growing desire to own cars, they do constantly strive to improve the standard of public transport. As for me, I have been driving cars for many years now, so it is hard for me to give up my car for buses or trains. But I still try to leave my car at home, and take public transport once in a while.
29 May 07
Oh don't get me started. I absolutely hate public transport and luckily I only have to take the bus once a week when I go Uni. If I had to travel everyday I think I would go insane. As I live in London the buses are a nightmare now. All the bus conductors have gone and it is a free for all for people to push you out the way, cram into the minutest space instead of waiting for the next bus and the introduction of those horrendous bendy buses are awful. I wrote an email to scumbag Livingstone after my friend was attacked on a bus, but the scumbag never replied. I hate the man and what he has done since becoming Major is a crime. We have to pay £2.00 a ride now if we do not posses an Oyster card, which makes them a profit, so he is penalising the poor. The state of the buses are awful and not having bus conductor's has definately made things worse. We went without a car for a few months and I never once decided to venture anywhere on public transport. What annoys me is we pay our road tax and still they find other ways of making money out of us. Luckily we got another car a few weeks ago and I am so glad.
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
28 May 07
Absolutely not! I'm sure in some areas the public transportation is fine, but where I live it doesn't exactly bring the best people out of the woodwork and I don't want to be there with them. Also, the smell and the filth just doesn't do it for me.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
28 May 07
Wolfie exactly the same as yours there is no way I would use the Public Transport ever Also I get Panic attacks on public Transport I would rather use my car also they do not seem to think of People when they go shopping And why are they not using Public Transport they have the big posh cars
@tinlucy (73)
• Philippines
28 May 07
no way!!! i would never do that especially here in the philippines!!!!! no way!!
@netbuster (100)
• India
28 May 07
Public transport has become a way of life for most commuters where I live. That is the cheapest way to commute, although I have found that my bike is cheaper and faster for me to travel through the congested traffic. The only hitch is my clothes tend to get dirty as there is so much pollution around. So a balance between commuting via public transport or my own bike is the order of the day. A car is out as driving such long distances as I have to makes this a very costly proposition.