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(Wisconsin Gazette)   Ride On Commuters: Public transportation use reaches 57-year high in 2013   (wisconsingazette.com) divider line 30
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2014-03-11 09:06:01 AM
This is all because of the Obama Economy forcing us to ride public transportation because all of the jobs are no good.  This was in Saul Alinsky's playbook all along.  This is the plan to get you HOOKED on government!  Wake up!
 
2014-03-11 09:06:46 AM
There's no dignity in plastic seats.
 
2014-03-11 09:10:21 AM
Probably because there are more mouth breathers now than ever
 
2014-03-11 09:11:14 AM
In other news, cities have grown in population around the globe. This is because of fine mass transit operations like Metro North, whose trains only run over their workers every few months nowadays.
 
2014-03-11 09:11:25 AM
From the Ministry of Truth:

"There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth"

More likely; people have less money and  can't afford the cost of gas.

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2014-03-11 09:13:42 AM
In before "all public transportation is wrong because it is not convenient for me."
 
2014-03-11 09:15:56 AM
Did they count all the people on trains stuck in the tunnels?
 
2014-03-11 09:17:18 AM

Danger Mouse: From the Ministry of Truth:

"There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth"

More likely; people have less money and  can't afford the cost of gas.


There is a generational trend towards living closer to your place of work and using mass transit rather than sitting in gridlock for an hour or more a day as you commute to/from the suburbs.

There is also a growing trend that property values near good mass-transit links are much higher than the surrounding areas, meaning the people with less money are more likely to be the ones using gas because they can't afford to live within walking distance of their transit links.
 
2014-03-11 09:22:20 AM

Danger Mouse: From the Ministry of Truth:

"There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth"

More likely; people have less money and  can't afford the cost of gas.


Living in the Boston area, the people I know who use commuter rail say they just couldn't stand the 1.5 hour stop and go traffic to go 15 miles every day and then have to pay ridiculous city parking rates and/or tolls.  Sprinkle in snowy weather, accidents and road construction and that's enough to get people off the roads, regardless of the gas prices.
 
2014-03-11 09:22:59 AM

Target Builder: Danger Mouse: From the Ministry of Truth:

"There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth"

More likely; people have less money and  can't afford the cost of gas.

There is a generational trend towards living closer to your place of work and using mass transit rather than sitting in gridlock for an hour or more a day as you commute to/from the suburbs.

There is also a growing trend that property values near good mass-transit links are much higher than the surrounding areas, meaning the people with less money are more likely to be the ones using gas because they can't afford to live within walking distance of their transit links.


Don't you bring sense into this thread.
 
2014-03-11 09:23:03 AM
Thanks Subby,

Now stuck in my head:

it's another lonely evenin'
in another lonely town
but I ain't to young to worry
and I ain't to old to cry
when a woman gets me down

got another empty bottle
and another empty bed
ain't to young to admit it
and I'm not too old to lie
I'm just another empty head

that's why I'm lonely, I'm so lonely
but I know what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna ride on, ride on
standing on the edge of the road
thumb in the air
one of these days I'm gonna, change my evil ways
'til then I'll just keep
riding on

broke another promise
and I broke another heart
but I ain't to young to realize
that I ain't to old to try
try to get back to the start
and it's another red-light nightmare
on another red-light street
and I ain't too old to hurry
cause I ain't too old to die
but I sure am hard to beat

but I'm lonely, lord I'm lonely
what I'm gonna do
(ride on, ride on) got myself a one-way ticket
(ride on, ride on) going the wrong way
gonna change my evil ways, one of these days
one of these days

ride on, ride on, ride on, gonna ride on
I'm gonna ride on
lookin' for a truck
keep on ridin'
ridin' on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
(ride on, ride on) gonna have myself a good time
(ride on, ride on) yeah, yeah ,yeah
one of these days, one of these days
 
2014-03-11 09:27:24 AM

Persnickety: Danger Mouse: From the Ministry of Truth:

"There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth"

More likely; people have less money and  can't afford the cost of gas.

Living in the Boston area, the people I know who use commuter rail say they just couldn't stand the 1.5 hour stop and go traffic to go 15 miles every day and then have to pay ridiculous city parking rates and/or tolls.  Sprinkle in snowy weather, accidents and road construction and that's enough to get people off the roads, regardless of the gas prices.


I lived in the Boston area for a while as well and don't disagree with you. I also don't think sceanrios like the one you mention is a recent trend.
 
2014-03-11 09:32:25 AM
Lol, poor people.
 
2014-03-11 09:41:59 AM
Lol someone thinks stewing in traffic, listening to the Morning Zoo! is a sign of affluence.
 
2014-03-11 09:49:06 AM

jaytkay: Lol someone thinks stewing in traffic, listening to the Morning Zoo! is a sign of affluence.


Sitting in traffic? Eh.  I listen to the news, get my head togethor for the day. Drink my coffee. It's not bad. And it's actually only about 15 minutes more each way than when I was communting from a Boston suburb using the T.   The upside? I own a house and land that wouldeasly cost 4x the amount if it was inside the loop.
 
2014-03-11 10:00:42 AM
In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.
-Lewis Mumford
 
2014-03-11 10:01:38 AM
I wish that I could drop off my daughter and wife and still have time to metro like I used to...but I don't.

/hopes to start telecommuting 3 days/week
 
2014-03-11 10:05:45 AM
I feel like time spent in a car is time wasted. When I'm on public transportation, I can check my email, read articles, that kind of thing...and I can't do that in a car...yet.
 
2014-03-11 10:15:13 AM
The economy continues to flounder under Obama so of course fewer people would be able to afford a car and all the costs associated with owning a car.

This is actually seen by some people as a good thing?
 
2014-03-11 11:16:31 AM
People keep telling me how they live near work. If you work in a number of industries, that isn't really reasonable, especially if you switch jobs to improve your condition. Moving a family of 4 isn't cheap.

Of course, if you are a burger flipper, you have plenty of job opportunities near your mass transit stops.

But maybe you like paying more in rent per month than I do on my house payment for the convenience of paying higher food costs and getting to listen to constant traffic, drug deals, and people yelling at each other on the floors above and below you.
 
2014-03-11 11:40:11 AM
www.top50ranches.com

This is not a bus ..
 
2014-03-11 11:50:34 AM
I guess they're really cracking down on DUI/DWI enforcement.
 
2014-03-11 12:11:17 PM
That's because before 1957 there weren't that many cars worth driving.
 
2014-03-11 12:19:58 PM

Rapmaster2000: This is all because of the Obama Economy forcing us to ride public transportation because all of the jobs are no good.  This was in Saul Alinsky's playbook all along.  This is the plan to get you HOOKED on government!  Wake up!


6/10

Clearly over the top, but it emerged from quality stock.
 
2014-03-11 02:08:23 PM

jaytkay: In before "all public transportation is wrong because it is not convenient for me."


When I can walk 6 miles to work faster than taking the bus, it's not convenient for me
 
2014-03-11 02:15:37 PM
Even though gas is pricier than it was when Dubya left office, it's still  more than having to deal with the other forms of transport here. In my village, it's 20+ miles to town. Getting to the train is over 2 miles either way. Couple in the high winds we have out here, makes the train seem unappealing. Granted, it's only a couple bucks, but it's so much easier than sloughing to the train terminal. at least both my main cars get over 30 MPG,, and my weekend toy  is for fun. But sometimes you need to unwind with almost 450 HP.
 
2014-03-11 05:10:40 PM

jaytkay: In before "all public transportation is wrong because it is not convenient for me."


When I get carsick in elevators, public transportation isn't convenient for me.
 
2014-03-11 05:53:05 PM

Vitamin Pb: People keep telling me how they live near work. If you work in a number of industries, that isn't really reasonable, especially if you switch jobs to improve your condition. Moving a family of 4 isn't cheap.

Of course, if you are a burger flipper, you have plenty of job opportunities near your mass transit stops.

But maybe you like paying more in rent per month than I do on my house payment for the convenience of paying higher food costs and getting to listen to constant traffic, drug deals, and people yelling at each other on the floors above and below you.


This message brought to you by the 1980s.

/once found a burnt crack pipe in the front yard in my bucolic suburb
 
2014-03-11 06:37:13 PM
The unemployed need to do something during day and the homeless need a place to sleep at night.
 
2014-03-12 09:15:38 AM

Danger Mouse: jaytkay: Lol someone thinks stewing in traffic, listening to the Morning Zoo! is a sign of affluence.

Sitting in traffic? Eh.  I listen to the news, get my head togethor for the day. Drink my coffee. It's not bad. And it's actually only about 15 minutes more each way than when I was communting from a Boston suburb using the T.   The upside? I own a house and land that wouldeasly cost 4x the amount if it was inside the loop.


Yeah the T is so damn slow that it actually is much faster for me to use my car, even though I could easily use the T if I wanted as there's a station a mile from my house.  It would take about an hour and a half to use the T because I would have to go Orange->Green->Get on one of the Green lines that only stops at a certain station->ride the slow ass Green line.
 
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