Can someone please explain to me the appeal of mass transit? Maybe it works better in different parts of the world, but it seems to me that here in the Great Northwest it makes absolutely no sense at all.
The rising everything prices have made mass transit seem alluring, but when you actually try to use it, the innate inconvenience of it all is enough to make you glue your bottom to the seat of your sedan and sweat your way through another awful bout of traffic. For example?
I work in a nearby town, and my commute is about 25 minutes each way without any construction, accidents, or mayhem. If I were to take the bus to work, it would more than double my commute time. If my time is worth what my employers seem to think it’s worth, taking the bus costs about 10x more than driving does (on account of the solid hour of wasted time every day.)
This leads me to believe that mass transit is either the biggest con ever pulled off amongst the suburban masses (current or ex city-dwellers seem the most pre-disposed to an inordinate love of mass transit) or there are better ways of doing it that Seattle has either not mastered or isn’t interested in mastering.
If it’s the latter, I must admit I’m a bit shocked. If the denizens of Seattle care enough about the environment to pass a city-wide ban on plastic take-out containers, you’d think they’d care enough to make mass transit a viable option in their city. Think of all the baby dolphins just crying out for change, people!
This, right here? Is probably why I don’t often blog this late at night. I’m ever so slightly snippy, and even the chocolate peanut butter ice cream I had earlier isn’t going to do a darn thing that a hot shower and a cozy bed won’t take care of.
I go to dream of a place where Chinese food restaurant owners aren’t trying to figure out how to package up egg drop soup in a recyclable cardboard box. I go to dream of a world where I can buy groceries in Seattle and not be charged for my plastic bag. Most of all, though, I go to dream of a mass transit system that is actually a realistic alternative to driving my car to work.