|But Public Transport will totally solve congestion...
||[Sep. 16th, 2008|12:03 pm]
Too funny that Kudrasslipper had a bad public transport story today, since I came in determined to purge this rant from my system. |
It's always used as the answer to congestion and traffic. If only people would use more public transport. Or, we can add another 5,000 housing units to a small section of Rockville Pike because it's within walking distance to Metro and bus stops and all of those people will use public transport.
For starters, they're luxury condos, which means that every unit will own 2.5 cars. And they will drive them. Maybe not all of them every day to work. But a lot of them. Out shopping, running errands, going out at night....
First there is the "Great Unwashed" or "Over-perfumed" or "Took advantage of every smoking break and got in half a pack while I was waiting for the bus". Sorry, but add the stop and go motion of the bus, plus the never air-conditioned enough, or at all, atmosphere of a bus and I'm going to add vomit to the overall atmosphere. And those people who just bought $500,000 condominiums. Most of them are not going to rest their Brooks Brother's Asses on a bus seat. Not when they've got that nifty Aston-Martin in the garage.
There's the waiting. People who pay half a million dollars for a fancy apartment aren't going to stand outside, huddled in a bus shelter, waiting 10-20 minutes for their bus to show up. They're either too entitled and priveleged or, well, they didn't make the kind of money that buys a half million dollar condo by standing around waiting for it to show up.
And there's the carrying your stuff. Used to be you got a piece of meat, some veggies, a loaf of bread, maybe a carton of milk when you went grocery shopping during the week. You did the big shopping once a month and took the car to get the bulky stuff. Well, yes, and June used to pack a lunch for the Beave everyday, but times have changed. I'll walk down to the store now, thinking I'll just get a suitcase of Dew, head of lettuce and an avocado. But then I get there and the Dew is "Buy Two, Get Two Free". It then makes me crazy that I have to pay essentially double because, brute that I am, I can't lug four cases (plus the veg) a half a mile anymore. Okay, I could...but it would HURT. Back and forth to work, okay -- but running your errands via public transport? Tell me you don't feel sorry for those people who have to do it that way.
And then there's the parking. My closest metro station was usually full by 7am. So, I had to drive farther away from the city, then head back in...which is not very green or very convenient. Sure I could have taken a bus to the station. So, let's see, hike six blocks to the bus stop. Wait ten minutes. Take an eight minute bus ride to the station. Into the bowels of the station, wait ten minutes for the train. 45 minute metro ride. Walk six blocks to work. Two hours minimum. To go....16 miles! Augh!
And of course, everywhere I want to go, is terribly NOT on the beaten path. I live at one end of a metro line. I work at the exact opposite. I would have to take the train all the way downtown and then back out. Hey, an hour and a half. And then take a shuttle bus to work. Or just drive 25 minutes straight to work and have my car to run errands, etc., during lunch hour. No contest. Purple line? Again, with the waiting for the bus to take me to the light rail which will take me to the metro, which will take me to the shuttle bus....you guys know how patient I am....
Anyway -- you need a serious spiderweb of public transport and a nicely developed downtown to even come close. In the meantime, quit yer building!
This rant brought to you by MARC commuter trains, running again late this morning, as they do at least once a week, stranding the Captain somewhere and screwing up plans/appointments, getting into work on time...