Truthful Tuesday- Public transport or private

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The Question

If you live somewhere that it’s essential to own a vehicle for day-to-day living, if public transportation where you live were to suddenly be improved to the point that it became a viable alternative to taking your own vehicle, would you still feel the need to own a vehicle? On the flip side, if you do live where there is decent public transportation, do you still find it necessary to own a vehicle?

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As kids we would go to school on the school bus. And sometimes when the bus was delayed, we, a few friends would board the public bus and then walk home together. The advantage was that we were living in Islamabad at the time and those were peaceful times.

In medical college, our institute had its own system of picking up the students from hostels and dropping them at the hospital or the college. We had the time of our lives when we traveled to and from our hostel to the college as we friends sat together, had fun and laughed a lot. (Crazy fun)

Fast forward to adulthood and the concept of traveling in public buses was a no-go for women and children. It wasn’t considered safe and would take twice the time it took by private transport. The situation is still the same here and the public transport system is not that good either.

I was in Seattle for the last 5 years and I loved their public transport system. The busses were mostly on time, the routes were so planned that I could go almost everywhere by bus and it was clean and safe. And it was cheaper than owning a car and running it. Besides I got to meet a lot of people from different countries on my travels.

If I was in Seattle, I’d choose to travel by public transport, but in Pakistan, it isn’t a viable option.

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41 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday- Public transport or private

  1. I’m from Chicago and had a car for many years. Then just got rid of it (because to costly). Public transportation will pretty much take you everywhere throughout the city from one end to the other (N,S,E & W) for 21$ a week you can ride as much as you want. Buses and trains run on time (except might be delayed by snow in winter months). Pretty safe, some areas are sketchy but in today’s world are you really safe anywhere?

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  2. I love biking. In Munich, I rarely drove. It was magical to take the bike, and if not the bike feel confident in the train/trams/busses to go everywhere. I’d love to live somewhere like that again. I can bike some where I am currently and even to the grocery store, but it wouldn’t suffice for all destinations.

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  3. Mmm. Yes, indeed. I love the public transport on the US east coast. Awesome. Where I grew up, almost nonexistent. I’m excited to see the public transportation in Europe, and other places across the globe.

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  4. I wish the public transport here in The Philippines was like in Malaysia. There have been some improvements pre pandemic and it has gotten a little better. But it’s preferable here to have private transport.

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  5. I remember taking the school bus to school but other than that I rarely had to use public transportation. We live in a small town north of Atlanta which there are city buses. Atlanta has Marta as their public transportation system. I’ve taken public transportation in other cities but never where I lived.

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  6. I ride the bus here. It is not expensive but not especially efficient timewise. If I am going somewhere other than downtown transfers are required and a lot of time is wasted waiting for connections.

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    1. That’s true. The time is wasted for sure. I once had to go to an IKEA store in another town which had very few busses and it would come after an hour. So I walked in pouring rain instead of waiting. It was pre-Uber days.

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  7. We have a public transportation system here that is so so. It caters more to the college area of town and is free for students, but not residents. I do have a car, but I basically only go to doctor appointments and the grocery store now with the pandemic. And there are SO MANY people that don’t mask up in town that I would be leery of public transportation now.

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