One day at the end of the workday, the news in the hallway was that the Caltrain was delayed over an hour. My colleague, who commutes the 30 miles or so from San Francisco, said “See, this is why I drive.” Indeed, the unpredictable nature of public transit, real or perceived, is a common reason cited for choosing to drive rather than take transit. While one could argue that traffic is not much more predictable, being at the wheel may give more of a sense of control than being a passenger.
As Jarrett Walker explains, frequency of public transit matters; if the next train is only two minutes away, it doesn’t matter if one misses a train. In the Bay … read more