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91. Re: Geodesic Domes... Aug 30, 2005, 09:18 Zathrus
 
The big problem if you don't have one is that it costs a huge amount to actually INSTALL one, and that's money that few taxpayers wants to fund.

LA actually does have a public transit system, both train and bus. As I understand it, it's pretty heavily underutilized. I've never lived there, but I suspect it's much the same problem as with Atlanta -- huge city, relatively low density, and so everything is spread out. Public transit doesn't go where people need, or doesn't go there in anything resembling a reasonable amount of time (*cough*busessuck*cough*).

I am damn happy that I can take public transit for half of my commute here in Atlanta, but it's a rare circumstance. For most people it takes so much time to get to a train station that they figure they may as well spend the next N minutes dealing with traffic the rest of the way. Maybe that'll change as fuel prices rise, but I doubt it -- my coworkers are already paying more in monthly parking (and that doesn't count gas or tolls if they take the closest highway) than it costs for a monthly transit pass. Certainly some of them can't reasonably take mass transit (for several it would increase their commute by 20-40 minutes each way -- such is the idiocy that is MARTA), but others certainly could and do not. Out of the 20-ish people in our group I think only 3 of us use transit at all.

when it's obvious that only a fraction of them has a real need for that kind of a vehicle (safety aside)

And the safety bit is seriously overrated. A recent government study showed 12% greater chance of fatality in SUVs due to rollover. And that was in a multiple car crash, not a single. The single car accident statistics have worse for a long time now.

Still, we have a second kid on the way -- our current cars (Maxima and Camry) should be fine for anything but long car trips, but if we replace one it will be with something bigger. Probably a minivan or station wagon; hopefully a hybrid or something similar.

 
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