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Old January 16 2009, 12:41 AM   #16
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I think the buses in London are relatively cheap. It's the congestion that's the problem and you don't get anywhere fast. Especially if you're having to pass through the centre. It takes half an hour to get through Oxford street alone. I mostly use the underground, for which I do not buy a weekly/monthly pass, as I never know how much I'll travel any given week. Single fares don't come cheap. Over-crowding is also rather unpleasant. On the good-side, most trains are new, and they even play classical music in some of the stations.

I'm seriously thinking about getting a bicycle! I just don't relish the thought of getting hot and sweaty and battling double-deckers. Not that I don't get hot and sweaty on the tube in any case. Transport gives me a headache. I wish I had a horse,on which to clip clop through the streets.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:01 AM   #17
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In Victoria the bus is 2.25 for adults, not sure how much for students/seniors, maybe 1.75. You get a transfer slip and use it for a return/connecting trip if it's within an hour.

The bus service is pretty good around here, except it ends too early (12, 12:30) IMO. A bus passes the end of my street every 1-15 mins. It goes through downtown (from there you can transfer to buses that go pretty much everywhere) and to the main local university.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:10 AM   #18
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NYC subway is $2 a ride, I don't know the buses, since I don't take them, but we have plenty of people on here that do, I think they're the same price.

But we also have tons of different Metro cards that have ways of saving you tons of money, Monthly passes, Day passes with unlimited rides, weekly passes, all that good stuff.

When I buy my metro cards, at about $50 a pop they have like 4 extra uses on them to give you a bonus for buying the big one. The $20 card has like 2 extra uses on them.
The buses are the same cost as the train, except for special express buses, which I think are $3.50, but I never take those. I do take the bus twice a week when I work in Brooklyn. I usually buy a 7 day unlimited card, which covers buses and subway, for $25.
Unfortunately the MTA is severely in debt and are considering yet another fair hike. When I moved to NYC about 8 years ago a 7 day unlimited pas was $17 (now $25), and a single ride was $1.50 (now $2.00). The MTA is not only considering a $.50 fair hike, but also cutting bus lines completely, like the M8 (Manhattan 8th St. crosstown), decreasing the frequency of trains at night, cutting staff in subway station booths, and amost doubling the cost of Access-a-Ride, the public transport system for disabled people who cannot use the subway.
The situation is awful. Despite the obvious concerns of working class people and the disabled over the price, there is the added concern for women: that due to the unstaffed booths and decreased frequency of trains, they will be left alone too long at night. A few years ago I had a frightening experience in a train station when I was coming home from a late shift at work. Several young men began harrassing me on the platform as I tried to exit the station, and refused to let me leave. Fortunately, the MTA attendant in the booth was able to keep me company and notify the police. If he hadn't been there I'm not sure what would've happened; the idea of unstaffed stations is frightening.
I don't like the idea of less attendents around either. Unless they plan on increasing the cops.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:52 AM   #19
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Here in Omaha, it's $1.25 one way and 5 cents for a transfer. There's also a 30 day pass for 50 bucks.

We have no subway here, and the bus system is pretty much a joke. Some lines, such as the 4, only run once every three hours on the weekends, and if you have to get anywhere after 8 pm, you're screwed.
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Old January 16 2009, 02:02 AM   #20
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Here in Omaha, it's $1.25 one way and 5 cents for a transfer. There's also a 30 day pass for 50 bucks.

We have no subway here, and the bus system is pretty much a joke. Some lines, such as the 4, only run once every three hours on the weekends, and if you have to get anywhere after 8 pm, you're screwed.
You think we'll get the streetcar line built downtown?
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Old January 16 2009, 03:39 AM   #21
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Here in Omaha, it's $1.25 one way and 5 cents for a transfer. There's also a 30 day pass for 50 bucks.

We have no subway here, and the bus system is pretty much a joke. Some lines, such as the 4, only run once every three hours on the weekends, and if you have to get anywhere after 8 pm, you're screwed.
You think we'll get the streetcar line built downtown?
Oh, I'm sure. Fahey's all about his "legacy" and that's part of it. He's been trying to get it in for years, just like the new ballpark. He got one. He's doing everything he can to get the other.
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Old January 16 2009, 04:03 AM   #22
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Here in Omaha, it's $1.25 one way and 5 cents for a transfer. There's also a 30 day pass for 50 bucks.

We have no subway here, and the bus system is pretty much a joke. Some lines, such as the 4, only run once every three hours on the weekends, and if you have to get anywhere after 8 pm, you're screwed.
You think we'll get the streetcar line built downtown?
Oh, I'm sure. Fahey's all about his "legacy" and that's part of it. He's been trying to get it in for years, just like the new ballpark. He got one. He's doing everything he can to get the other.
Good. I hope we get that line built. We need it. Badly.

Now if only they could get going on the Omaha-Lincoln rail link...that sucker could pay for itself within a year, just on Husker football traffic.
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