Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: On the subject of mass transit

There's been a lot of mention of New York City in this thread, but so far AFAICT no comments from anybody who actually lives here, so I thought I'd chime in.

New York does some things right

Problems

p.s. Ian, you might want to rethink the idea of having bus drivers be more aggressive. Have you ever ridden a jam-packed bus, being forced to stand up and trying not to crush / get crushed by your neighbors while the driver alternates stomping on the accelerator and the brakes? It's pretty tiring, even nauseating at times.

Why mass transit in NYC is still massively better than owning a car

At some point it occurred to me that the money I spent on insurance, parking, and maintenance was a lot more than I'd spend if I got an occasional taxi or car service and the occasional weekend or half-day car rental. So I do that, and I joined Zipcar ( http://www.zipcar.com/ ) (much like Flexcar or IGO). Haven't regretted it at all. There are now several zipcars parked literally around the block from my house.

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