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I don’t necessarily disagree, but they do help meet people halfway when cities are already built for carbrain. For a whole lot of those people, either it’s park and ride or they drive all the way. That can add up to serious vehicle-miles shaved off their commutes, smaller/fewer highways and parking in suburbs instead of the more valuable urban core.
Yeah but when you drive to the train it ends up taking even more time to get to work in the morning so youll have to get up and out even earlier than if you just drove or took the train the whole way.
I dont know where this pic is from but most of the park and rides in my city are usually only full when theres a sports event or something like that going on downtown.
Well, it depends on the scenario. Take Portland’s Sunset Transit Center Park & Ride. It has a large parking structure, connections to bus lines, and bike lockers. It provides a 22 minute journey to the heart of downtown Portland. The alternative is US-26, which is regularly choked with traffic during rush hour. There are a lot of surrounding suburbs with mediocre bus service, but once they get to that park and ride then the trip is fast and comfortable.
I don’t know about Sunset TC since I’m not usually around there, but the park and rides near where I grew up in Portland were always filled up as part of the morning commute. Of course, that has likely changed for now with COVID-19.
That said, transit oriented development is always the preferred alternative.