[QUOTE=M II A II R II K;5763620]Race, Class, and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America
Jul 10, 2012
By Amanda Hess
Read More: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/com...-america/2510/
Ah, the "Race card." Of all the hot bottom issues in US history, the "Race Card" ranks at the top.
People of any ethnicity and racial label will always try to spend the least amount of time traveling to work, to the "store", and, to entertainmnet venues. Spending 2 hours per day on commuting is about the max most people will tolerate without having cheaper housing variables make the "Time Value Cost of Money (TVCOM)" tilt more in favor of a 3 or 4 hour commute.
People, given the financial means, of every racial and ethnic label do not want to be part of a "sociological experiment" unless they have no alternative but to participate. For example, in the NYC metro area with it's best in US class public transportation network, the amount of time saved by using the subway and commuter rail system combiled with the TVCOM involved, makes public transit a very viable alternative to the car. This efficientcy increases how tolerant a rider is towards who is siting next to, or near him (or her).
Buses, however, due to factors well discussed in this thread, for other than nearby destinations, are slow. In addition to being slow, bus travel on shared with POV right-of-way (excluding dedicated lanes on freeways), has too many on demand stops, and, serves that percentage of the local population that just does not have the money for the car alternative. In addition, due to the high ratio of driver cost to rider combined with the low relative number of riders per vehicle, having policemen on board a signficant percentage of buses is unaffordable. This "lack of public supervision" is real problem on public bus lines, as well as being fuel for peoples use of the "racial card."
As a carless friend of mine said, "after 10p, I always stay within easy walking distance of my home...."