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No more TTA

After using TTA (Triangle Transit Authority) to get from Southpoint to UNC-CH, I have finally thrown in the towel. I give up. The morning was not a problem as they were always relaible and on-time. Over the last few weeks the trip to get back home has been hell. They are consistently late (15-30 minutes), sometimes they don't show up and the information line to check the status is an oxymoron.

I now park at the Friday Center parking lot. The down side is that I need to drive 5 miles further, deal with a little more traffic on 54 and the lot will fill up by 0830. On the up side the buses are far more frequent (like every 5 minutes in the morning), this route typically has the new buses that are bigger and much better suspension and there are multiple routes to get me back to that parking lot (FCX, HU, S and V). Also, Nextbus has electronic schedules that update every 20 seconds on when the next bus is arriving at all of the major stops or via mobile web (still not an option with TTA).

I can now reliably catch a bus within 10 minutes anytime I walk out the door between 1600 and 1800 to get me back to the parking lot and I'm still saving $60/month by not parking on campus (+ some gas). My evenings are a little more stress free now--bonus.



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Oct. 26th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I wish I could use any type of public transit. Currently I drive from my home on the East Side of Madison to Dodgeville. I drive 55 miles each way, per day. If I happen to hit it when there is a train, I cross the train's path three times. Sadly, my commute one way is 1 hour on a good day and 2 on a bad. Most of the time it is somewhere in between. I would LOVE to let someone else drive for a change. OMG, come to think of it, if I drive that much, I average....

well too much mileage to compute tonight. Driving 2 to 4 hours a day is a real drain.
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
And I have school (three nights per week in madison) and a 40 - 50 work week in dodgeville as well. No wonder I am stressed. :-))
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Damn, Kent, you do all this and drive that much? You are a bigger man than me.

I have had worse commutes. Years ago I had a gig in Greensboro. It took 1:20 one-way on a good day and that was a daily commute. Fortunately it was 95% interstate. Was weird how 10-20 mile stretches would just seem like it didn't exist after just driving them as I got so numb to the road (but I knew that I was still awake).

I definitely prefer mass transit and let them do the driving for the daily grind. However, I hate wasting time sitting on a bus or car when I could be doing other things.

Is there a reason you live far away? geometrician? Cheaper housing?
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