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  1. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Thinking about public transportation, there are a few forms of it, some of which I've not experienced before...

    The last time I used:

    Airlines - 2015
    Bus or motor coach - 1993
    Train - never used
    Trolley - never used
    Taxi - 2017
    Uber or Lyft - never used
    Ferry - 2017
    Subway - never used

    Did I miss any types of public transportation?...

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  2. wwkirk

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    Sounds like you never visited NYC. Is that right?
     
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  3. nivek

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    On the contrary, I visited New York City on vacation back in the summer of 2017 and had a great time there, which was the last time I used a taxi and ferry as mentioned above...I never rode the subway while I was there, didn't really have an interest in doing so but I did get a paper fold-up map of the subway system that I brought home with me...lol

    Vacation

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  4. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Your timing was good. It's turned to s**t now.
     
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  5. AD1184

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    In London we have a cable car across the Thames, which you can take with your pre-paid 'Oyster Card' issued by Transport for London that you use for other forms of transport like bus and underground train. I can't stand to use its official (sponsored) name:

    Emirates Air Line (cable car) - Wikipedia

    There's also a hovercraft service that takes people between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the English south coast (there also used to be another passenger hovercraft service taking people across the English Channel in much larger hovercraft that could transport cars, but this switched to high speed catamarans before closing altogether).

    Hovertravel - Wikipedia
     
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  6. nivek

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    Is that similar to a subway in New York city?...

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  7. AD1184

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    Yes, it's officially called the 'London Underground'.

    London Underground - Wikipedia

    In British parlance, a subway is an underground passage for pedestrians, usually to cross a road.
     
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  8. nivek

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    Have you used this form of transit before?...How is the experience if you did?...

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  9. nivek

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    I'm thinking about taking an Amtrak trip, destination somewhere around Colorado or surrounding areas, it would be my first train ride lol...

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  10. wwkirk

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    While not luxurious by any means, an ordinary Amtrak train is far nicer than the NYC subway.
     
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  11. nivek

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    If I'm taking an Amtrak all the way to Colorado I'm going to have a cabin room, not going to sit in the passenger seats on a long trip like that lol...

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  12. wwkirk

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    Awesome. I never took a long train trip.
     
  13. nivek

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    If I do this trip I'll catch the train at Charlotte NC, which is about two hours from my house, and ride that train and connect to the train that will be running the main trip and destinations, then ride a connecting train back to Charlotte...I've just started looking at the vacation packages they offer:

    Destinations & Vacation Routes | Amtrak Vacations®

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  14. AD1184

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    I used to commute daily in London on the "Tube", as it is colloquially known, plus I have taken it for uncountable other trips into, and around, London. It is crowded at peak times and it is unbearably hot in the summer (except on the newer Circle Line trains, which are air-conditioned). The tunnels on most lines are too narrow to admit air conditioning on the trains without reducing room for passengers. I used to take the train on the national rail network into London and then get the Tube to get to my office.

    At one point I used the so-called London Overground as an alternative. The Overground was named to distinguish it from the Underground, as it is an urban rail network mostly above ground which came under TfL's control relatively recently, and consists largely of mothballed national rail lines around London. Ironically, when the Overground got near to my office it actually went underground, and the Underground line in the same area had an elevated section.

    I also started to use the bus as an alternative at one point, which I found more comfortable, until my office moved again.

    Nowadays (well, when I am not stuck working from home due to disease pandemics), I am fortunate enough to work at an office outside of London where I can drive there every day.
     
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  15. nivek

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    Earlier today I drove into town and drove over on the western side of town which I don't always drive to because there isn't much around except a few manufacturing businesses...Anyway I see they have something new right off the main road, a carpool parking lot and meeting place...I parked there and looked at a map they have posted on a bulletin board and this carpool is for people that need to go to the bigger cities which are up to and over an hour away...They have certain morning and evening times that designated cars will pick up and drop off people who want or need to go to those other cities and want to carpool...Perhaps this is set up mostly for those working in those cities, I don't know...

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  16. Sheltie

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    I enjoy travelling by train. The only problem is that once you get south of Washington DC Amtrak has very few dedicated lines. In most of NC Amtrak has to use the CSX lines. This means that freight trains always get preference and right of way so you may have to sit and weight for a coal train to go through (very annoying). Even though the tracks are not high speed, the trains can still do close to 70 mph, which is not too bad.

    The main reason I like trains is that I am tall and they always have a lot more leg room than planes or buses. Also, you can get up and walk around. You can go to the lounge car and get a drink or a snack. Sometimes people will have card games going in there. You don't feel like a sardine in a can when you take the train.
     
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  17. nivek

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    If you had to pick only one, which would it be, can you live without your phone, or laptop, tablet, desktop, whatever technology you use to contact people and the internet...If you had to choose one, which would be most important to you?...

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  18. Standingstones

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    I use my IPad for virtually everything I do. I make my purchases, do my emailing and my financial transactions. Surprisingly, I use my IPhone very little. I am an old fart who is not a fan of texting.
     
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  19. pigfarmer

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    That's a tough one. of necessity I'd have to keep the phone but I am a traditional PC guy and prefer that for financials, shopping etc. It's just what I'm used to.
     
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  20. pigfarmer

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    We use Metro North frequently. Not like Amtrak but given the choice of driving into NY city and parking and all that nightmare or just napping and reading until you arrive it's a no-brainer. Train is faster and cheaper. Subways are a practical necessity unfortunately. All the heavy freight is on the other side of the Hudson river so this side is all commuter traffic. The 'small' station we use has almost 1000 parking spaces. People are starting to come back after the pandemic, the lot's beginning to fill again.
     
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