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      10-05-2012 01:31 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by SVTDanny View Post
      round trip for me to go to work and back is right at $13/day.
      $13/day does sound a bit much... but really if you had to ONLY pay that on commuting days, in complete exchange for all car costs. (monthly payments, gas, insurance, parking, maintenance) then $13/day could end up actually cheaper in the long run.

      when i swap over to riding on the bus in May 2013, my 'commute' by bus will be $5/day. 3 days a week. the company will give me $50/mo for not driving. AND i will have save paying $150/mo in potential parking fees.

      so for me, its going to be a no-brainer to ride the bus.
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      10-05-2012 01:54 PM #27
      Always will have one, but I just use mine for rec purposes, not for work commuting.

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      10-05-2012 01:56 PM #28
      I already bike to work 3 times a week. I'm good, thanks.

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      10-05-2012 02:04 PM #29
      I live too far out in the sticks to even come close to public transit. Even if I could use it, it's unreliable at best. When I lived in DC I didn't use it either, because it didn't work with my schedule. In at 5:30am, out at 7:15pm four days a week.
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      10-05-2012 02:07 PM #30
      What will it take to get me out of my car an into some other form of transit?

      This:


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      10-05-2012 02:12 PM #31
      Right now my options to get to work (40 miles round trip) are this:

      Drive - ~35 mins each way
      Bike - ~2 hours each way
      Bike/Light Rail - ~3 hours each way

      I've done each of these at one point and driving is just the most practical. I can't spend so much of my time commuting. I am really thinking about getting a scooter or small motorcycle next summer for our fantastic summer weather. It will probably take me about 45 minutes because I'll stick to the back roads. I won't save a bunch of money on gas since that will be off set by the initial purchase price but it will save wear and tear on my cars. That alone will save me time and money.

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      10-05-2012 02:16 PM #32
      My E39 broke (and my LEAF was left at work due to a miscommunication with the lady), so I'm typing this from a train station bench. I don't see myself doing this everyday for any reason given my fairly short commute.

      I'm actually tempted to just pay the money and take a cab...
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      10-05-2012 02:20 PM #33
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      If I could get to work in less time I might consider it. But now I would have to drive 35-40 minutes across town to get to the skytrain station. Take skytrain another 20-25 minutes, then walk 20 minutes. I drive in less time to get to work, even less on the way home.

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      10-05-2012 02:27 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by BostonB6 View Post
      What will it take to get me out of my car an into some other form of transit?

      This:

      this
      nothing wrong with public transport, but if you live in the suburbs, you still have a 3-5 mile drive to get to public transport

      and i cant be tied down by either a woman or a schedule

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      10-05-2012 02:30 PM #35
      I live 3 miles from work so I don't need to drive. I have a bike, the buses take me just about anywhere in the city, and as a last resort I can walk.

    11. 10-05-2012 03:50 PM #36
      I own three cars all of witch cost under 3k to buy. I have no car payment and all get over 25mpg ( not so good these days ) I live about 2 miles from work. If I do drive to work I go weeks without filling up. But I also ride my bike. I don't own and drive cars just to get to work, its a passion of mine, I love to drive. You won't see me get rid of my cars or abandon the hobby but I will use transit when it is available. I can still enjoy my car but not every morning, no big deal.

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      10-05-2012 03:53 PM #37
      1) high speed of transportation
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    13. 10-05-2012 04:01 PM #38
      I already take the train now driving to the station. You would have to take my legs before I would ever consider taking the bus either to the train or downtown

      I am more and more considering driving to work though as it is 45 mins each way driving go the train or 25 driving straight to work, but parking is $23/day

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      10-05-2012 07:51 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by BostonB6 View Post
      What will it take to get me out of my car an into some other form of transit?

      This:

      This. Or I end up living in some tropical wonderland somewhere sipping drinks on the beach all day. That's about what it would take for me.

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      10-05-2012 08:11 PM #40
      I will never get rid of my car/truck, but I do use my Buell for 80% of my transportation now. Cost of gas, heavy traffic...
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      10-06-2012 09:17 AM #41
      When the cost to own a car (gas, insurance, registration, maintenance) exceeds 25% of my income I will be forced to take the bus. Until then, public transit will be something I rely on when visiting other larger cities, but in a place like Reno, NV where everything is spread out and transit consists of inconvenient bus routes, you really HAVE to own a car to really get around in any sort of timely manner. Now in 10 years when we are supposed to have a light rail system in place I might change my mind, but as it stands now, I'd probably rather drive a scooter than take the bus.

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      10-06-2012 09:29 AM #42
      Cost and income. My wife was laid off for a while and we were forced to retire one car to the garage and I took the bus downtown. Took about as long as driving downtown and was ultimately cheaper than gas, wear & tear and paying for parking. She's working now, but we still share 1 car; if the bussing system were a bit better we might take a hard look at going carless. She and I now work in differing suburbs, both close to where we live, but to take the bus I spend nearly two hours catching transfers.

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      10-06-2012 09:31 AM #43
      It's not the car that gets replaced, it's trips.

      I don't drive to the grocery store any more. The store decided to remodel, but there wasn't room on their lot, so they moved quite a bit closer to my house. Now it takes the same time to walk as to drive (because I'd have to park), and there is no point in bringing a lot of groceries home because it's a lot cheaper to let the store (open 24 hours) keep them and I just get what I need when I need it.

      My town isn't really suburban, nor is it a city. There's an unused rail line that may get passenger service soon. Considering that the bus is so cheap that it's more cost just for the fuel for my Golf TDI, The train is going to be a sweet deal. No traffic and it goes most of the places I now drive.

      I won't be getting rid of the car. It's mostly going to be for pleasure drives, though.

    19. 10-06-2012 09:39 AM #44
      living close to work or a mass transit system that does not suck (here in my town it is awful)
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    20. 10-06-2012 09:48 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Juiced6 View Post
      living close to work or a mass transit system that does not suck (here in my town it is awful)
      Even then, I would still prefer to drive.
      But I also do not go straight home after work and sometimes might end up in another state, which is a big deal when you are starting from the middle of Texas.
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    21. 10-06-2012 09:59 AM #46
      commute is 20 miles round trip and no bus routes along the way so not worth it. And even if I could walk or bike to work, I'd still keep a car for the weekends for any autocross events, car meets, etc.

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      10-06-2012 10:37 AM #47
      I with I had a public transit option, but its just not available where I live. Nothing even goes remotely near my work
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    23. 10-06-2012 10:41 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by cryption View Post
      I with I had a public transit option, but its just not available where I live. Nothing even goes remotely near my work


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      10-06-2012 11:24 AM #49
      I try to take the train into the city whenever I know I won't need a car. I'll never go without a car but I'll take public transit when it makes sense.

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      10-06-2012 11:52 AM #50
      I could get to work using public transit if I had to, but it would entail the following:

      5 minute walk to the bus stop
      25 minute ride into town, to the transfer station
      Switch to a different line
      Ride 20 minutes to the stop closest to work
      5 minute walk from bus stop to work

      Total time = almost a full hour
      Total distance traveled = around 20 miles
      Cost = $5.25 (based on buying an unlimited ride monthly pass)

      Or...I can drive my car.

      Get in
      Drive 7.9 miles (per Google maps)
      Arrive at work

      Total time = around 15 minutes
      Cost = A little over $1 in gas, plus ??? when you factor in deprecation, wear and tear, etc.

      Not a hard decision for me If I absolutely had to give up my car, I would rather get a bicycle or motorcycle.

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