Riding the Bus Costs More Than Driving
Miami Beach, United States
It bothers me how expensive the public bus is here in Miami. Although it's completely a subjective perception, $1.50/person is an excessive amount that really starts to add up.
Each round trip excursion by bus costs us at least $6—$8 if we need to take a transfer. Taking three trips in any given week can costs upwards of $20 for the transport alone.
And it's not as if we're going across the state, either. Simply a few miles to a Walmart, clothing-optional beach, or a shopping mall—places that walking Aidric in a stroller to would be completely impractical.
Yesterday it took us over an hour in each direction to go the 10 miles necessary to get Aidric his latest round of immunizations (not including time spent idling at the bus stop—a half an hour in each direction). Even with the price of gasoline pushing upwards of $4/gallon here in the greater Miami area, it still would've cost less in fuel (and time) to drive there and back with an economic car than to take the bus.
Yes, there are costs of vehicle ownership that would come into play (if trying to compare with equality), but I'm going to ignore those for this particular moment. These buses carry a lot of people (354,000 daily passengers, including 67,000 riders on the Metrorail system), generating quite a bit of revenue.
The price of public mass-transit in this country annoys me.