My commute sucks and it’s not getting any better. Stop pouring billions into a broken system. Transportation shouldn’t be an expensive, dirty burden. Fix it, clean it, make it work!
I haven’ t found any details on the site about how they want to “fix it, clean it, make it work,” but Transportation for America’s goals are clear on it’s own website. It supports sustainable, multi-modal transportation. They even have a blueprint for Congress to follow.
I’m all for transportation policy reform, but I’m not a big fan of blaming other people for your own stupid decisions. Yes, there are countless policy decisions that have led to the suburbanization of America, which in turn has created “sucky” commutes. However, most individuals could change their lifestyle if they really wanted to. For the most part, you get to choose where you live and work. You get to decide if being on a bus or train line is important to you. You get to decide if you want to live in places with sidewalks, bike lanes, and paths.
I understand that sometimes there is a job opportunity that makes a bad commute worth it, but you still chose to take that job. Sometimes it’s hard for a couple to both have a good commute. In that case, at least one of you has decided that it’s okay to compromise on your commute for the good of the other person. These are reasonable decisions, but they’re still your decision.
Nevertheless, if you need a place to vent about how your decisions have made your life more difficult, you can do it here or in our own comments section. However if you really want change, you need to start voting with your feet. Try to take jobs in transit accessible areas. Try to live on a transit line that goes to your office. If transit isn’t available, at least try to live in a walkable neighborhood.
I’m sure some of you have great reasons why you have to endure a commute that sucks. I’d love to hear about it. Then I’ll probably tell you to move, start looking for a new job, or both.