Do you use public transportation?

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@wheel416 (1019)
Canada
December 22, 2008 4:27pm CST
In most major cities public transportation systems are available to the general public at low cost. I'm wondering do you use public transportation? If yes, have you started doing so to save money on gas or the upkeep of your vehicle? If no why not? Do you feel that only a car is more expensive than public transportation or more economical? Is it difficult to get to work on time using public transit? Finally, if you do not currently use public transportation would you be more likely to do so if the government provided a financial incentive, such as a tax rebate, or lowering bus fares, to reduce the number of cars on our highways, as a way to reduce our impact on our environment? Would you consider walking, bicycling or taking the bus if it gave you a financial advantage? Do you think that this might be it away to get more people to become environmentally friendlier? Thank you for any comments and happy Mylotting!
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@healer (1783)
• India
23 Dec 08
I don't have a car or bike of my own at the moment but even if i have also i will go for public transportation because the traffic jams and space for parking is a big problem here. If we travel by bus or train we somehow don't have the tension of parking the car. And another point is its more economical as public transport are very cheap in metropolitan cities, and most of the public transport have a regular timing so we can catch the same bus everyday at the same timing. Space for parking and traffic jams are two major problems so, better go for public transport as its more cheaper and also lesser tension.
@healer (1783)
• India
2 Jan 09
Hey thank you for making this the best response, anyway wishing you a very happy new year. See you around
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 09
I haven't yet passed my driving test so I do use public transport. There is a train station about a mile away from my home so that is very convenient. Trains begin service early in the morning and finish late at night. Fares are expensive and the fare system is complicated. The bus service for a three mile trip into town is now £1.55p so that is pricey. I went on a bus to Portishead, three quarters of an hour away from where I live. The fare was £6.60p return so that was very expensive. I was with my toddler son and we had to wait for over one hour in freezing cold weather coming home. I care about the environment and at one time did much cycling. I am still very keen on walking.
@vanonas (950)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I haven't used public transportation. I live in the city where it's available, but I have a car and would rather use that. It's faster for me. I wouldn't mind taking a bus if it didn't take an hour to get somewhere where it should take 15 mins. I don't live in NYC or something, but there are like 5 buses that run around here, but it still takes a long time for each one.
@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
3 Jan 09
Sorry to say i haven't, but my daughter and I share rides with eachother to save since she has two babies and we need the car seats to keep the babes safe.. huggs
@808nala (640)
• United States
2 Jan 09
I use public transportation very rarely. I would if I had to, but I hardly ever have to. I have my own car and my husband has his own car, but since I work from home, I don't really have to use my car at all. Plus, I hate driving so my husband normally takes me where ever I need to go. I did take the train once here in California, but not because I had to. I took it because I've never been on a train before and I wanted to experience it. My mom was here visiting me for a month so one day we hopped on the metro and took the train to an outlet mall. It was only a 2.5 hour ride, but at least we both get to say that we rode a train. Other than that, we might take a short bus ride when we're vacationing in Las Vegas. Most of the time, we take a cab, but once in a while we'll take the bus.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
23 Dec 08
No, I do not use public transportation. I live out in a rural area where it isn't readily available. I couldn't imagine having to walk miles along a two lane road with no sidewalk with two kids. It just isn't a safe thing to do, even without my kids. My husband couldn't use public transportation even if it was right next to our home. He builds homes for a living and has to bring his own tools to work. Could you imagine someone in this line of work carrying a ton of tools and catching a ride to work by bus? What a sight that would be! LOL
@wanted123 (121)
• India
23 Dec 08
yeah i will use public transportation so save the resources and even economical condition will be increased so it will benfit for the country and pollutin will be decreased so that it will be beneficial for the country and even for us for many reasos
@VladProd (62)
• Romania
23 Dec 08
Yeah,I use public transportation frequently,'cause I don't have my own car yet.The traffic in a big city is very annoying,anyway,either if you have a car or not.
@dodo19 (32873)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
23 Dec 08
Yes, I do have to use public transportation, at times, because I don't have a car. So, it doesn't leave me much choice. But it's cheaper than a car. It saves me money and for a student that's pretty good.
• Singapore
23 Dec 08
yes. because i live here in singapore and local bus is a good way of transportation here,no traffic and very organize bus stops. its not practical for us to have our own car because of the expensive parking fee.
@chcarron (14)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I do use public transportation sometimes. When i am going to a base bal game in the summer i use the train. well mostly every one uses the trin when they to to a game. I do Ride my bike alot though because of gas prices. They did go down a lot though....We would help stop global warming if we all just carpooled or used the train . i think my statment should be supported
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 08
Not that much thankfully! I am a cyclist and like to cycle everywhere generally. There are times when this becomes very difficult and so I have to take the bus or train. I'm not too keen on being stacked like a sardine though, all those smelly armpits as they raise their arms to hold on to something as we travel along! I don't even know how to drive but I would like to learn as this is quite important for the job that I want to do, I'm just starting out I guess. Anyway, I live in London and there's talk that the traditional Routemaster bus is being brought back so I guess I may hop on that from time to time! Andrew
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
23 Dec 08
There is a public transportation that's available in my are, but it takes so much to coincide things. Besides, it's more like a taxi service. There's no set route. It's not like you can depend on anything. If you need a form of transportation that you can depend on, it's your own vehicle.
• United States
23 Dec 08
I do not take public transportation. I really could not take it because of the area that I live in and the places I need to go to in my daily life. I have taken buses and subways when I have been in other countries and I have not found some to be very pleasant. Subways are way too crowded, and they are not that safe. On buses, you have to take the whole route and wait for others to get on and off. I found that this added quite a bit of time to the commute. I do not think that I will start taking public transportation in the future no matter what the incentive. I do not think that it would be possible, because there are no routes to the places I need to be.
@shreed_14 (460)
• India
23 Dec 08
Yes,I do use public transportation.The reason that I go for this option is that firstly I cannot ride or drive myself.And though I can ride a bicycle it is not possible to cycle to my destinations as the places are quite far away.So naturally public bus remains the only option for me. Moreover using public transport rather than your personal vehicle helps check pollution in one way.So,I do something good in that manner.:)
• Philippines
23 Dec 08
unfotunately,riding a jeepney is a way of life here in my country and so is the pollution from it..i hope that in due time the jeepneys in my country will eventually be replaced by mass transportation such as the rapid bus transit to minimise pollution..
• United States
22 Dec 08
I just got home from riding the local bus. The wait on traffic was horrible because a zillion people in cars were packed and waiting to pack the parking lots of the local mall. I can't fathom at this time of year driving your own car. The bus gets me where I have to be and it is a pretty comfortable ride provided I dress for the weather right.