Comments: TransitCamp Ideally: Promote Simplicity and Ubiquitousness

Commuting between San Francisco and San Jose is an unpredictable game of coordination and waiting. A change made by VTA to the local bus schedule this year ensures that my bus home from Caltrain leaves 60 seconds before the express trains arrive. After a week of waiting in the cold for half an hour, I decided to buy a car.

I'm now a single-passenger commuter driving 15 miles each work day. This gives me 30 extra hours at home each month, at the reasonable rate of $10/hour. Perhaps it's hypocritical to support public transit while driving. I'm just tired of spending 5% of my waking life waiting for the next bus.

Posted by Richard Soderberg at January 23, 2008 11:01 PM

Hi Richard,
That's exactly the kind of example I'm talking about. And I hit the same sort of wall, at one point, carless, and bought a car. I've never looked back, and yet, I want to get off gasoline very badly.

My goal, in fact this year, is to figure out how to get off it, or at least get a hybrid.

But like you say, that doesn't involve more Public Transit. Because it's still far to broken to use effectively.

But if they fix it, I'll definitely use it. I practically live on top of (nearby) the downtown Berkeley BART station. Which is also grand central for all the transbay buses and lots of other busses (which was why I got my car, after waiting one night, three hours, with three bags of groceries, near the Berkeley Bowl, to get a bus back to my house, from 6-9pm, one night !!! And don't suggest a cab, as after an hour i called and they never showed.)

Anyway, I think we aren't alone in this, and I surmise when I drive on highways and bridges around the BA that many of the people are doing what I'm doing.. something that doesn't happen everyday and therefore, means you can't justify an hour of transit *planning* and then hours on the transit screwing around.

So we all drive. Bad, but effective.


Posted by mary hodder at January 24, 2008 08:22 AM