At the same time there are thousands of folks in the suburbs that use public transportation on a daily basis.
We hear of urban living, sharing economy, the emergence of self driving vehicles, limited parking, congestion, usage of public transportation.
Last week we had the opportunity to experience public transportation by taking a GO bus to Union Station in Toronto, then a Via train from Union Station to London. This was all done at early hours in the morning.
Its a great way to gain insight on how other generations (younger) experience mobility.
The Colonel who has not touched public transportation in decades is on an early morning mission.
What caught our attention about the GO bus.
> We travelled 55 kilometers on the bus. The fare and the cost of gas is almost the same.
> A bus is a shared self driving vehicle.
> The walks to catch connecting transportation is good exercise.
> It begs the question why would you want to drive.
> Folks park their vehicles to take the bus or the train.
In the various discussions on self driving vehicles, we conveniently forget that GO buses from a passenger perspective are comparable to a self driving vehicle.
What caught our attention about the Via train.
> We travelled 190 kilometers on the train from Union Station. The fare is almost 3 times the price of gas.
> Same thing a train is a shared self driving vehicle.
> Yes...with Wifi, power outlets, food and beverage service, bathroom.
> You get to see a different perspective of the scenery.
> Its relaxing, and you can engage in another activity than driving.
The time difference between driving and public transportation? Its almost the same time, and dramatically more relaxing with PT than having to drive on some of the busiest roads in the GTA.