Cheapest Mode of Transportation ever

Dallas, Texas
September 8, 2017 11:55am CST
If there ever was a time to cut back on gasoline use and wasting time on the freeways getting nowhere fast, get on a Greyhound and let them do the driving for you. I once saw an ad at a local Greyhound station called the AMERIPASS. Basically it was a 30 day pass to go practically anywhere in the USA within a 30 day timeline. I don't know if that is offered today. It was back in the 70s when I was made aware of this offer. But to get back to the basic topic. Are you tired of spending all that money on gas just to waist it in the slow lane on your local city highway just to commute to work and back home every day of the week? HOV lanes were designed to help make it easier by carpooling more than one person in a vehicle at a time going to the same destination, Carpools were great and so were the HOV High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, but in spite of all the efforts of the department of transportation when a mass evacuation starts, well, even the idea of taking a bus ride would be a pipe dream. If there were more ways to get out of the city on foot or bike or boat for that matter then it would be a great improvement. The city I live in has tried to create more pedestrian friendly sidewalks and even provide pedestrian walk paths along bridges and create more nature trails for people who like to walk for exercise but There are many reasons the big city has become a difficult thing to get out of in an emergency that involves tens of thousands of cars and trucks and sports utility vehicles trying to leave along the same direct routes. Not only do we need to re-think the design of roads that make us pretty much dependent on these as our only mode of transportation outside light rail, buses and subways. We need more pedestrian walk paths, both above ground, on ground, and underground for people to get from point A to point B in a normal effort as well as in a crisis mode. Basically, the cheapest method of human transportation is as old as father time, just walk. If you can't get someone to carry you.
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@MALUSE (42719)
• Uzbekistan
8 Sep 17
My favourite means of transportation is trains. Of course, there aren't many trains running in the US of A. In Europe, you can get nearly everywhere you want.
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@topffer (35586)
• France
8 Sep 17
It is also my favorite. With the high speed trains we have now a train is 3 times faster than a car, but they are quite expensive.
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@MALUSE (42719)
• Uzbekistan
8 Sep 17
@topffer Funnily, people can never say how much going by car from A to B costs. There are so many factors to consider. Yet, everybody knows the price for train tickets and complains.
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@topffer (35586)
• France
8 Sep 17
@MALUSE I know, I tend to consider only the price of gas and motorway fees with a car. But if you compare train to low-cost airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet, train is very expensive, and is interesting only because airports are often far away of cities while railway stations are inside cities. For example, from my place, going to Brussels costs an average 110 Euros with a train, and an average 25 Euros with Ryanair, but the plane lands at 60 km from Brussels...
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• United States
8 Sep 17
Its a good point you make, well several of them Anthony. You know how it is though, Americans dont want to give up their cars.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
The end result is gross weight gain and poor circulation to the feet. Glad I can still maintain a good walking stride. I do need to invest in a new pair of walking shoes and of course I am wearing those gels insoles, lol
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• United States
8 Sep 17
@lookatdesktop Yes it helps to walk a bit at least.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
@TiarasOceanView , Walking with a lawn more in front of me is better. I get more calories burned up and make the lawn look great in the process in less time, like 30 minutes to an hour. Instant exercise and getting a job done all at the same time.
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@andriaperry (56674)
• United States
8 Sep 17
In bigger cities I have seen the HOV lanes. Not here this place is small and filled with cars on the highways. I am close to both highway 78 that runs across Alabama and Interstate 20. They are always packed.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
It has been bad on that interstate highway that goes north into Salt Lake City, Utah, or for that matter one time I was on a super highway that had no exits for over 6 miles or longer that ran through from Chicago. I was so glad to get off that hell ride.
@RasmaSandra (19168)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Sep 17
I have no car and so I take public transportation or just use my two feet.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
There are many like you who do this, some for good health and some moreover, because owning a car seems like stupidity. I also think cars are a stupid thing. If it were up to me, but it isn't, We would all either ride Ames 4 wheel pedal cars or electric trains or yep, even ride horses with carriages. I love the fact that some people actually still raise horses and some cities offer horse and buggy rides for newlyweds and lovers having a night time rendezvous.
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@1hopefulman (31707)
• Canada
8 Sep 17
We are in a mess, aren't we? We have all these cars to evacuate but one accident or a couple of cars that run out of gas can block a way out of a city for many.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
Panic mode made it impossible for us to fill up on payday. We had to go to several gas stations to get fuel for our car. It was over crowded and this in spite of the fact that gas was plentiful as we get most of it from Oklahoma refineries, not the ones down at the Gulf of Mexico in Beaumont and Port Arthur, TX near the edge where Texas and New Orleans connect at the Gulf.
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@topffer (35586)
• France
8 Sep 17
You should live in Europe if you like to walk : cars are more and more forbidden in old city centers and large cities are doing their best to make difficult the life of car owners. You need a special environmental sticker and a recent car to enter in a city like Paris, and it is just a beginning : in 2020 all diesel engines will be forbidden in Paris.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Sep 17
I appreciate that a lot. I know France is a splendid country. I respect the way things are done there more than here. But America was always about bigger, better, faster and mostly faster & overcrowded. Car friendly would even be a good improvement. As it stands the civil engineers of this country are behind in construction for the transportation infrastructure by several decades and may never get caught up with demand and population and the much needed repairs that are both local and nation wide.
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