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Would you give up your car?

February 11th, 2016 at 12:49 pm

I heard an interesting report on public radio this morning, that not only are a growing number of young people in their teens and 20s not getting driver's licenses (this has apparently been going on for years) but now more people in their 30s and 40s are giving up driving too.

Of course most of these people live in urban areas with excellent mass transit options.

I would love to give up my car but it just couldn't happen here in Connecticut, which is infamous for its lousy mass transit system. Our cities are probably better, but much of the state is suburban and far-flung. My town doesn't even have a train stop and the only buses that come through here are those little shuttle vans for seniors. Uber hasn't arrived here yet.

Well, it's an interesting thought.

6 Responses to “Would you give up your car?”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    It is something I've certainly been turning over in my mind, since I live near excellent mass transit systems, and my car is 15 years old! However, there are times you just need a car -- taking pets to the vet comes to mind. The few weeks I did without a car while mine was being painted were eye-opening. It was much more difficult than I thought.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    No, I live in little town, no buses, not even cab service. Besides, driving a corvette is kind of fun and I have had one since 1978. (Still have it, plus a 2010 and a 2015)

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Yes in a heartbeat. But not where we live now. We'd have to adjust where we live if we wanted to live with one car.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Being able to stay careless was a top consideration when we were house hunting! It's really easy these days, with buses plus bikes plus two car share services plus Lyft.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    But we did it before all that, when we only had buses and the occasional cab or rental car. Cheaper that way, but all the new options are so super convenient, so we can get to more places more easily now.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If I lived somewhere that had 24 hour mass transit that got you pretty much anywhere ... maybe .. I don't particularly like driving, but I do like the freedom it affords.

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