Originally Posted by tyroneshoelaces
I'm unsure how the above thread answers any questions on the matter.
I've been reading this thread for a few days now and didn't really want to jump in this debate, but it's become quite hard not to at this point.
Where I live owning your own car is beyond a luxury it's almost stupid. A monthly parking spot is $150+/ month, easy. (that's for a car that drives itself as well). A monthly transit pass is $80+ and in most cases public transit is faster.
I know we're talking about Portland, but Portland already has a better and cheaper transit system than San Francisco, that's why I'm not bashful to compare the two.
Having enough money and personal parking space for a car that can drive you wherever you want automatically( drunk, sober, whatever) sounds great, but there will always be a ton of people who can't afford insurance, parking, maintenance, gas, ect.
I'm very happy that we in Portland and San Francisco have a government that puts a priority on making it comfortable for cyclists and transit riders. To be perfectly honest I'm a bit scared of a city where a bunch of driver-less cars with 360 degree censors are racing around. That sounds terrible for pedestrians.
Originally Posted by 65MAX
The only "impact" would come from applying driverless technology to buses and trains, in which case would make transit operations much cheaper.
This, to me is the plus side of the technology. Obviously it's no secret that I would love to see Tri Met thrive.