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Burt Likko

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Welcome, welcome to the club of proud public transportation users.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The ferry I take to work also lacks wifi, so I had to upgrade my cell service to include tethering. (Had to in the sense that my employer requires connectivity during the weeks that I’m on-call for emergencies.) It’s all of $20/month. Would that work for you, Burt, or are you travelling through areas with spotty cell service?Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    As I understand it, taking the bus in L.A. is a sign of really being on the margins of society. Enough that there is an advocacy group:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_Riders_Union_%28Los_Angeles%29Report

  4. Avatar Damon says:

    No wifi? Horrors!

    I’m glad you had a positive experience.

    Do your escalators work and do they maim folks? Welcome to DC. 🙂 I have some experience with DC’s system and it’s ok…for limited use. Other than the massive subsidies and bureaucratic and generally poor maintenance, it’s an in and out system. It’s hard to go across. Perfect example from a while back: coworker lived in Chantilly Virginia and commuted by mass transit to Bowie MD. Pretty much from 9 to 3 on the dial that is DC. He took a mixture of metro and bus. It took him 2.5 hours to commute, cost him 5+ dollars a day and he had to walk the last half mile to the office. If he drove, his commute time was 1 hour to 1.5 hours and the cost of gas was less than less than 30 bucks for two weeks.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Damon says:

      Every transportation system requires massive subsidies to operate. This includes roads, buses, light rail, subways, and long distance trains. The Japanese train companies make their profits from owning choice real estate near the stations, entertainment venues, and department stores. The trains are just to get people to the profit making venues. Japan probably has the most profitable rail systems on the planet.Report

  5. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    now that I’ve got a manual transmission

    This was your first mistake.Report

  6. Avatar aaron david says:

    If I have to go to downtown SF, I will take BART. If I go to an A’s game, I will take BART. Beyond that, public trans does zero good for me. The wife used to take Amtrak to her office, but realized that she needed a car 4-5 days a week once she got down there and got out of the habit.Report

  7. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Dude, a decent public transportation ion system is a great thing to have. A good-to-great public transportation system is a downright treat!Report

  8. Avatar Kolohe says:

    There is an extensive network of busses in and around Los Angeles, but these are not part of the urban mythological landscape at all.

    Except for the myth that they can clear the distance between two half completed freeway overpasses at some speed greater than 50 mph.Report

  9. Avatar Chris says:

    Well, that’s a clear win for the train even before we consider that I had less stress, the ability to write and possibly bill for my time, and access to a toilet.

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but went completely carless several years ago, and while it’s far from perfect (I might be slightly obsessed with Cap Metro at this point, they piss me off so much), it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made, and this is precisely why. Well, except for the toilet part (I rarely ride the train, and the buses are of course bathroomless). There’s a freedom that comes with not having to deal with all the stuff that comes with a car — traffic, parking, gas, maintenance — that’s quite wonderful, once you get comfortable in a life of public transportation. It’s probably a bit more difficult out there than in a more compact area like Austin, but I encourage you and anyone else to keep using it whenever you can. You won’t regret it. And you’ll read more.Report