My friend Bennett and I are going to try to get to work and back relying solely on public transportation on Monday (5/12/2008). We both live in South Huntsville and both work at Phase IV on Triana Boulevard. Huntsville has an anemic public bus system, but instead of complaining, we are going to give it a shot (plus it sounds fun). Here is the schedule that I have created for us:
6:00AM Leave house and walk to Super Walmart (0.75 miles)
6:26AM Get on #10 bus
6:55AM Arrive at Parkway Place Mall
7:14AM Get on #1 Bus to the Senior Center
7:16AM Arrive at Senior Center and walk to Phase IV (0.8 miles)
7:45AM Arrive at Phase IV
4:00PM Walk to Senior Center
4:23PM Get on #2 Bus and head to Parkway Place Mall
4:33PM Arrive at Parkway Place
5:00PM Board #10 Bus and head south
5:26PM Arrive at Super Walmart
5:45PM Arrive at House
The total cost is $2 ($1 to work and $1 home) and 3.5 hours of travel. The total travel distance from my house to Phase IV is 8.75 miles each way. The daily of cost for me to drive my truck to work (assuming 17 mpg) is $3.50 (one gallon of gas). From a financial point of view it makes sense. Let’s look at the time cost. It normally takes me about 20 minutes to drive to work and about 25 minutes to drive home. From a time point of view – not very efficient. I plan on trying to make friends with the other bus riding patrons of our town to get their view of the bus system. I’m sure I will blog about it afterwards.
Would you take public transportation in Huntsville if the routes were increased?
What is your breaking point for the price of a gallon of gas before you start carpooling, biking, walking, or taking public transportation?