How rail travel can work
Original post made by European Traveler, Palo Alto High School, on Jul 6, 2012
I found my ticket expensive, but discovered I could take my kids (up to 16 and as many as 6) for peanuts. The overall family cost was acceptable.
I found that if I started my trip after 10.00 am, it was cheaper.
I found that one ticket could take me to the capital city and be used all day on various public transports without additional charge.
I found that if I booked in advance it was cheaper.
I found that the more that traveled together (group tickets) the cheaper it became.
The signs (electronic and maps) were all very helpful for those who were not familiar with the system and all staff were knowledgeable and helpful. All modes of transport were clean and user friendly.
Locals were not complaining about how much tax it cost them to have a useful service. They all realized the benefits to them as individuals and to the country in having efficient public transit. There was no question as to whether transportation funding should be considered versus education funding or any other kind of funding. Taxes on fuel was heavy. Gas and parking is expensive in Europe and unless there was a good reason to go by car, public transport was always considered a good choice. Even commuter monthly tickets could be purchased which could also be used for additional trips at no extra charge.
I used commuter services as well as long distance and was very impressed.
We should be able to learn from Europe.