Public Transportation Showdown

Lauren here from the Chicago Metblog. Like Nicole, I will be guest blogging while I am in town for SXSW. And being from Chicago, I can never pass up the chance to use public transportation, no matter where I am. I guess it just goes hand in hand with being from a city that has the greatest public transportation system in the world. My first night here, I walked to the ginormous new Whole Foods to get some snacks and save on travel expenses. Instead of hiking about a mile and half back to the hotel with my groceries, I hopped on the Dillo. I talked to the driver and found out some great information about these new lines. Apparently, they get all their training information from Chicago, and the driver seemed sad about the underuse of the lines. He told me that the majority of the time, people just ignore the Dillo and take a cab. Even though the Dillo is free!

In Chicago, we are having a bit of a public transportation crisis, with fare hikes and service cuts in the works to make up for a $55 million dollar deficit. Hey Austin, you’ve got a great and FREE resource out there! Use it!

2 Comments so far

  1. anonymous (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 6:21 pm

    Also if you live near UT campus there is a bus that runs midnight to 3am called the E-Bus. So stumble outta the bars to 6th and trinity and catch a free ride home.
    People in Austin avoid the bus system like the plague. It’s pretty much the working class only. Sad indeed. But Austin is also bike friendly… so get your ride on.

  2. M1EK (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    When all you have is a bus system, and most parking is free, the rational choice for most people is to take their car with them. Free parking, unfortunately, is still viewed as a good thing around these parts, since people don’t realize what good stuff they’re giving up in order to get it.

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