A colleague and I were talking today, and I missed the early train which would have given me 15 minutes to get to my appointment, the next train would have left me with 1 minute to walk to the appointment (which was about 1 minute from the station). So, he offered to drive me as my appointment was on his way home. When we were just a min from the appointment we got to the light rail station where the boom gates went down and we watched the train to go past... So I can now say that at 6:10 on a weekday, when most of the traffic has cleared, the light rail is roughly 40% faster than driving. Which surprised me greatly.
(A similar experiment surprised topgear.)
Comments(08:20:05 PM) pfh: and that's the worst case scenario for public transport
(11:56:31 AM) njh: (Not quite, the worst case is when there is a public transport strike, your bike has been crushed by a meteor shower, you've got an infected blister on the sole of your foot, and you have a jet helicopter waiting on standby at your backdoor.)
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I am a modern day Renaissance man with interests ranging from mathematics, through computer science and the physical sciences through to music and art, how we live in cities, and teaching problem solving.
I'm currently living in Seattle, USA.
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