Another ad for carpooling. Wish it worked better, but it’s the same problem we had when the kidlets were little tadpoles. I took the bus for a week. It was working – well – although I had to leave 30 minutes early and got home an hour later than usual. Then one of the kids got sick at school. We were on a “commuter” bus line. There was no way I could get home until after the bus line started again at 3:30pm!! One of my co-workers was most gracious and took me to my car so I could pick up the tyke. That ended my attempts at bussing. Then I signed up for carpooling. No one – and I mean NO one – lived in my general area with the same or even similar schedule as mine. Then how about the days I would have to go to one of the health departments in an outlying county? I gave up, and just drove every day. I used that commute time for saying my morning and evening prayers, so the time wasn’t wasted. Energy consumption? Yeah. Sorry ’bout that, chief.
There is no way the ol’ curmudgeon could bus to work – he needs to have his work truck available. It has necessary equipment and stuff. And he doesn’t have the same workplace everyday. He has to go to worksites all over the huge metro Atlanta area. So he uses the truck every day.
Almost everyone I know has a work situation or schedule that precludes bussing, or carpooling. At least that’s the story in the metro Atlanta area. What to do? Atlanta is so spread out (rather than centralized) that there is no bus system that would work 100% for everyone. And so many people don’t work “normal” hours! Many businesses have “staggered” hours in order to reduce the traffic load. Every morning during the week, people converge on downtown Hotlanna from all over the area – some with commutes of 2 hours! But wait! that’s only about 1/2 of the workers! The other 1/2 of the workers do “cross-metro” commutes – driving from south of Hotlanna to north of Hotlanna to work. Or east-west, NE-SW, etc. Or how about NE to NW? That’s the one the ol’ curmudgeon does when he goes in to the office. A 45 mile commute without touching an interstate – because there isn’t one from our area to his work area. And there are many variations on a theme.
Total lifestyle change would be necessary to make either carpooling or bussing / rail commuting possible here. People would have to live on the same side of town as their work. If you lost a job, you’d be restricted to job-searching only in your area OR you’d have to move to be closer to your work if you got a job in a different area. Rail or bus routs would have to be available to all areas at all times of the day. And the cost would be prohibitive.
The ol’ curmudgeon recently essayed about energy. He plans to post it on his blog soon. But it boiled down to TANSTAAFL – there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch! Someone, somewhere, has to pay.
The pond is getting pretty crowded.