I did a bit of a social experiment yesterday. I recently discovered a local bus route that goes directly from my neighborhood up to an intersection right by my former employer. To think that I could have been using public transportation the whole time I worked there! Instead of falling asleep at the wheel driving 50 minutes each way, I could have sipped my coffee while leisurely reading my morning paper (and doing a lot of quality people-watching).
I tried the route yesterday. In non-rush-hour traffic, it took more than 2 hours – TWO HOURS – to get there. That distance is equal to a Sunday morning paper, including the Classifieds. Public transportation in Phoenix is a disgrace.