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Deep under the Earth's surface
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The oceans
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Earth's atmosphere
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How to get through L.A. in rush hour.
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  • by Cenan (1892902) on Monday December 10, 2012 @12:44PM (#42243245)

    These are all things I have had to use my car for, most of them in the last week, and public transportation would not have been a remotely viable option.

    Me too.

    Imagine a world where everybody isn't self-centered ass:

    We take all the money spent on fuel for driving cars around cities, and use it toward implementing a viable public transportation. I'll wager problem will be solved, with cash to spare. There is no law that says that you have to pick your kids up from school in your own car. The reason you do so is because there is no alternative. I'm merely pointing out that there could be a viable alternative. There is no new tech involved, just a shift in opinion.

  • by xaxa (988988) on Monday December 10, 2012 @12:46PM (#42243267)

    I am curious. In the cities you mentioned, do they not allow unscheduled emergencies to cause you to have to work any hours other than 9 to 5? Do they not ever have doctor's or dentists appointments, or have to go to run errands? Do they not ever go to lunch? Does the school never call and tell them their child is sick and they need to come pick them up? Stop by and pick up milk on the way home? These are all things I have had to use my car for, most of them in the last week, and public transportation would not have been a remotely viable option.

    That's because your public transport is crap. Your description sounds like whatever's in your city is particularly crap. Don't they even run trains/buses outside rush hour? They certainly do here, from about 6 to midnight, with a reduced service (15/30 minutes) overnight.

    I don't own a car. Of the nine software developers in this office, one walked here, three cycled, four took trains, one drove in (and complained about the traffic, as he usually cycles). Four of these people have children (three schoolage, one younger). I understand that we all eat lunch, see doctors or dentists, and buy milk.

    Last night (in the pub) a friend was grumbling that she'd volunteered her car to help move some equipment (she's a photographer), and would have to wake up early to avoid the traffic. It varies by the time of day and the exact journey, but it's normal for the public transport journey to be faster and more convenient. To someone who usually travels by public transport a car can seem inconvenient: you have to remember where you parked (and perhaps pay to do so), you have to return to where you parked even if you've walked a distance while shopping etc, you have to maintain, insure and fuel the car...

If all else fails, lower your standards.


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