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Firstly, once people get in their car to drive, it is hard to get them out of it to do part of their trip on public transportation. Especially if there is no convention transportation for their trip, which is the case for suburb to suburb commuters

Secondly, at least in Paris the suburban transport system is beyond saturation. The metro line 13 is at 120% capacity ; very often on the RER A line you have to let 3 or 4 trains pass before getting in. Adding passengers is nearly impossible...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:09:22 AM EST
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On the first part they do here because of the cost and time factor. The cost being primarily parking rather than gas, even now. Traffic also sucks - even when a large majority of the over two million folks working in Manhattan use public transport, that still leaves quite a bit of road traffic trying to get onto an island with a limited number of tunnels and bridges. The MTA has been responding to increased commuter traffic by using longer and more frequent trains. On the suburban to suburban commutes, I agree there is no short term solution, but it would be nice if we got started on using zoning laws to shift employment to mass transit hubs.

One rather interesting very recent development has been companies offering shuttle services from suburban/satellite urban commuter rail stations. The primary reason has been the growth in reverse commuting by young professionals who absolutely hate the idea of living in the 'burbs.

by MarekNYC on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:18:44 AM EST
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I agree with you that the various center-to-suburb commutes are not the most problematic. But i'd tend to guess that, at least in Paris, the poorer workers are those that also tend to work in the suburbs - but not their suburb. Which is where it will be long and hard to replace cars with pubic transportation...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:26:10 AM EST
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