Public transport or private cars?

@JuliaPan (564)
Canada
February 28, 2007 9:48am CST
What do you use more - public transport or your private car? Do you have any favourite kind of public transport? For example, I adore electric trains, as they are very comfortable in my country and in general they arrive in time. What about you?
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@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Public transport is always good to use because we can save energy and reduce polution. But in USA public transport is not good. I live in a city but we don't have good public transport system, there are only some buses which don't cover all route. So, we have to use our own car. Using own car has some advantage, but to save the earth from polution and save energy we should use public transport.
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
You know it depends, because public transport like buses still polute the environment. If other kinds of energy like sun and electricity were widely used, then we could hope that our poor planet was more clean. But until there are large resources of gas and oil and until people fight for the possession of these "treasures of the soil", I think there's little hope.
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@ganwn071 (1117)
• Singapore
13 Mar 07
I own a private car and it is my most used transportation, it provide me with the easy to bring two young children to school. But, I do like to take the public transport if I am alone, it save me the trouble of of driving on crowed road and it is at time very fustrating with reckless driving. While, on public transport, you need not worry, let the driver move you around.
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
Gosh, there are so many drivers here on the roads who really drive reckless, fast and like mad! Wish you luck!
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I ride the bus most often, and occasionally I take a taxi when I need to get somewhere in a hurry. I don't drive, so the only time I ride in a private car is when someone else I know who owns one can take me somewhere.
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
My brother who lives in Canada noted once that the public transport in Canada, in Toronto in particular, can be marked as "4+", that is very comfortable and runs on time. Thank you for your comment!
@lvhughes (545)
• United States
4 Apr 07
we dont have public transportation were i live.but it would be nice not to have to drive every where. i live out in the country and we live 50 miles to the nearest store. but it is always nice and quite out here.
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
50 miles away! That's too far. How often do you go shopping? Probably once a month? :)
• India
14 Mar 07
well...i prefer private transport i.e. i look out for privacy...!!!
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
Thank you! :)
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I hate public transport personally. My wife rides the bus to work everyday. I pick her up at night as she doesn't drive. Recently Minnesota got Light Rail (electric trains) & I rode it a few times just to say I did. LOL. I will never rely on public transport no matter the cost of gas. I prefer to be able to drive where I want & when I want. Thanks for the discussion also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
Believe me, when I lived in Russia, I had the same feeling towards public transport - I hated it because buses were (and still are I'm sure) dirty, crowded and didn't come in time. Here in Israel the situation is much better. Though, I would still prefer to ride my own car :) Thank you :)
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I use my private car more than anything. I have used public transportation. With my car, I get the choice to go whenever, and wherever I wish. Public transportation, the bus, you can only go according to their schedules. However it is nice to use the buses during the cold winter months, because you don't have to clean off your car!!
@JuliaPan (564)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
Yeah, cleaning the car in the winter off the snow is a big deal. In Israel we have to clean our car rather often during the rains period. And when we've got dry hot winds in spring and in autumn, my Gosh, it's awful for our blondie! :) (We've got a white Xsara)
• United States
7 Apr 07
When I lived in NYC, and then in the suburbs there, I used public transportation more than private when I worked in the City, but when I got a job outside the city I found it was more practical to drive myself. But New York City has a wonderful system of mass transit, and you can live there without having to own a car. I've heard that some other large cities in the US are the same way, but it's not universal. Right now, for example, I live in the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area, and we absolutely need two cars. There's a public train system, but it's just not up to the task (the nearest station is about fifteen miles from my house), plus there's a great deal of resistance to public transportation here. People are wedded to their cars, even though the daily commute is among the worst I've seen in the United States (easily rivaling Los Angeles, for example). The answer here to congestion is "add another lane." I'll tell you what - where I come from (the NYC area) there are three or four times as many people, and probably two to three times as many cars. Yet I'd say there's only about half the roadway up north as there is here, and yet, the commute up north is better - because so many people take public transportation. And it's not a matter of rich or poor, either - the wealthy take the train because it's generally more economical. If you're wealthy and take a helicopter, or a chauffeured car to work every day, it's my bet you don't stay wealthy for very long. There's one roadway here in the Atlanta area that they're discussing widening to twenty-three (yeah, that's 23) lanes! From my perspective, that's just plain stupid!And down here, we seem to have at least one fatal traffic accident every week. In the NYC area, I recall that there were plenty of fender-benders, but very few fatalities. In my opinion, public transportation, if available, is more efficient, more economical and more responsible.
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I depends a little bit on where I am going, and how many things I have to carry. For things like the big weekly trip to the supermarket, I normally go in the car. However, even though I live in a smallish town (about 10,000 people) the bus system is pretty good-- and the bus stops on the street next to my house every 30 minutes. Much of the time, actually, I take my bicycle, if I just need to get from one point to another, and don't have anything large to carry-- I can be almost anywhere in town in less than 20 minutes. Back when I lived in Denmark, I always took the trains or the bus.
@thefuture (1751)
• Nigeria
29 Jun 07
I use public transport because I can't afford private transport for now, but I like private transport. Thanks and have a nice day.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
26 Jun 07
I prefer electric trains. They are cheaper for long distances and reach our destination fast and less pollution.
@vhansen (2035)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I drive.I just don't trust anyone else with my safety.Maybe silly but I'm just not comfortable with public transport.The few times I've HAD to use it was very unsettling for me,so if I can drive there I do.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
16 Apr 07
I find pvt car more comfortable, but i admit that public transportation is more recommendable, because it means less cars in motion, hence less pollution. Goverments should offer a better offer of public transportation so that we all preferred using it to our own cars, and that way pollution in our cities would be reduced.
@subathra (3519)
• India
16 Apr 07
I have been using public transport way from my school days and now iam working in a company which takes 45 minutes to reach from my residence by bus.Its very difficult for one in my country to travel in bus as our city is largely populated and most of the people opt public transport to travel.But travelling in trains is quite comfortable because even if we dont get a seat we can travel by standing and its quick to reach our destination and very much cheaper than public buses.
@pravda1 (288)
• United States
9 Apr 07
Here in Texas the public transportation isn't very good. So private car/truck is what we use.