Not so great
My wife asked why I am against commuter rail. We use it in New York City and Washington, D.C., why not Denton?
Simple — the subway systems in those cities take you from where you are to where you want to be. Here, you have to drive to a station, ride the train, then walk to where you want to go.
Or maybe catch a fossil-fueled bus or cab to get to your destination.
For example, I took my wife to Perry’s Steakhouse in Dallas for our anniversary. We drove for 45 minutes each way and paid for parking.
Our roundtrip travel time was 1 1/2 hours at a cost of $16.37 including gas and valet parking.
Had we taken the A-train, we would’ve left our house at 3:40 p.m. for a 6:30 reservation. The 14-minute walk from Victory Station may have been nice. After dinner, we probably needed it.
We would have returned home at 11:43 p.m. Our total travel time would have been 5 hours 53 minutes, including two hours waiting time). The cost — $20.
Would someone please tell me the savings or convenience that I am missing?
In NYC there is rarely more than a 10-minute walk to a subway, and it runs on a regular basis. Cabs are plentiful and inexpensive.
In a city of 8 million people, mass transit is a great idea. In a county of less than 700,000 — not so great. But it sure makes us feel good about ourselves.