Originally Posted by wong21fr
I personally think that people are willing to do one well-planned transfer, it's when there's two or three, or poor planning that ridership sees a big drop-off
Even in Manhattan, only a (admittedly substantial) fraction of passengers will make a well-planned transfer. They're constantly trying to provide more one-seat rides there to boost ridership.
In a city like Denver or Austin where parking downtown doesn't cost 50 bucks, requiring transfers for most passengers will be the kiss of death. Somebody point me to an intermodal center that choice commuters actually use in large numbers in a city which has widely available parking downtown, and I'll gladly recant.
In Manhattan, in other words, transit is competing with not only slow-moving traffic but also hugely expensive and unavailable parking. And even so, their transfers are of superior quality to anything envisioned in Denver or Austin.
In Austin, and as far as I can tell, Denver, parking is readily available downtown, and although not commonly free for casual users, is bundled with employment for many, and is as a result still far too cheap to be a substantial disincentive for choice commuters. In these cities, transit is ONLY competing against traffic - NOT against parking.