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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Got Public Transportation?

Congestion delayed travelers 79 million more hours and wasted 69 million more gallons of fuel in 2003 than in 2002, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2005 Urban Mobility Report. Overall in 2003, there were 3.7 billion hours of travel delay and 2.3 billion gallons of wasted fuel at a total cost of more than $63 billion. I commuted for years from suburbia to downtown Chicago (the Loop). When Amtrak service was available the train actually crossed one highway (Dan Ryan) and we past over the gridlock. Once you finally make it to a parking lot or parking garage you spend plenty of time looking for a place to park your vehicle. Then you have to locate the exit to street level. The cost for parking often requires a second mortage or other loan. The excuses for not using public transportation are amazing. "I like the convenience of driving my own car," exclaims one co-worker. Another colleague states, "I like the control driving my own car provides me." Let's compare. Driving your car allows you to participate in demolition derby scenarios. Driving your car allows you to practice switching lanes (sometimes four or more) to get your exit. Driving your car allows you to watch other drivers apply makeup, eat a donut, drink coffee and talk on the phone, sometimes all at once. YIKES! Driving your car let's you pretend your on the NASCAR circuit. Commuting by train shortens your drive. Train travel allows for a nap, reading the newspaper or book, safely sipping your coffee or listening to music on your IPod. Train travel offers meeting colleagues, conversation or a game of cards. You can even safely take a nap. It seems some people try this while commuting by car. The cost of commuting by train is exponentially cheaper than driving and parking. The stress level is reduced dramatically when commuting by train. The benefits of using public transportation to commute in and around large metropolitan areas are dramatic. Unless of course you're into S and M.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

To say you and I don't agree on much is an understatement. However, I too love public transportation. It's always great to find at least one thing to agree on. Cheers!

6/08/2005 02:00:00 PM  

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