Smug, car-bashing cyclist and public transport user.
Yes, the "busy main road" is definitely a consideration when we've chosen a place to live.
In our previous town, our first house was on one of the main roads through town, and we hesitated over that decision a little bit because of that, but when we looked closely at the area, we realised that the traffic would likely die right off in an evening because the road became a twisty back way to get to the next town (not great for evening/night driving), and that we were far enough from the downtown area (about 500 metres) that it wouldn't be so busy where we were. And we were right ... by about 7 pm there was almost nothing on that road.
Our next house was near a school, and got a bit busy around 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, but that didn't bother us, and other than that, it was very quiet. Being within the 40 km/h school zone was also nice ... even though that's only for certain time periods, traffic tended to travel quite slowly most of the time.
I have a gratis, shuttle van that takes me, 2 hours each way, to the Portland VA Hospital,
main source of my medical care ..
It leaves from a Parking lot almost across the street. at 7AM.. scheduled a week ahead.
2 blocks away, seen out windows on 3 sides is the Columbia River,
and 10 miles to the west is the Pacific Ocean.
Last edited by fietsbob; 07-14-14 at 07:21 PM.
Regarding car-rentals ... one of the things that appealed to me about where I lived in Winnipeg was the fact that there were several car-rental dealerships (or whatever they are called) quite close by. I didn't pick the place because of that, but discovered it after I ceased owning a car. I had the option to move a few times, but that was one of many reasons why I stayed in that particular location for as long as I did.
And that was one difficulty with living in the small town in Victoria ... the nearest car rental place was some distance away (70 km). We might have considered not owning a vehicle there and renting one when we needed it, but acquiring a rental car was a journey in itself.
I don't think it's inevitable that sharing the rails with freight trains will cause delays. Bay Area commuter trains share rail with freight, and that doesn't affect the schedule. If the trains are late, it's usually because of either police action or someone launching themselves in front of the train and dying.
But I was also told that route was particularly bad, while other Amtrak routes weren't so bad. Apparently the eastern US routes run reasonably close to on-time.
Now perhaps in more recent years they got tired of the complaints and have improved the service.
Nevertheless, even if the train did run on time, it won't work for us on this particular trip. When we travel (which we do a lot) we consider all our transportation options and pick the one(s) that suit us the best. Much like when we move to a new place ... when we choose a place to live. We consider all our options, and pick the one that suits us the best at the time.
If it makes everyone feel better ... we won't be driving to Canada.
But on the LA-Seattle line, the freight priority is well known... because the tracks are owned by the freight train companies.
All my other travel experiences have been completely the opposite to yours. Flights on time (or reasonably so, and certainly not 12 hours late), and reliable hire cars.
Dream. Dare. Do.
Zipcar charges a fairly high price on a per hour basis, with everything included (fuel, insurance etc), so it is best when you use the car to run one specific errand which is local -most of my zipcar rentals are for one or two hours. The cost is usually $8 to $10 per hour, so for a short rental it is much less than a traditional rental car, and the paperwork is much easier (swipe a card).
Yes they do.
In Dutch it's: "appels met peren vergelijken", literally translated: "to compare apples with pears".
I'm actually moving from the small town where I've lived the past 5 months or so (and worked) to a smaller town with similar character along the train line here in Sweden.
Mostly, I wanted a rental with a semi-permanent contract. Here in Sweden rental housing is tough to come by in many places. Certainly where I live now, but Stockholm is much worse. Here I asked the local rental companies, and was told that I shouldn't expect a call for 4-5 years. In Stockholm, it's more like 25-30 years... As it is, I have a weird place in a good location that's 450 square feet, split into two floors, with a severely sloping ceiling limiting the use of the top floor, which therefore really limits the place to about 300 square feet of marketable space.
Last night I took the keys to a place that's about 775 square feet, more-or-less the same price, on a single floor that's pretty much amazing. I also will no longer rely on expensive, prepaid 4G internet service. And I could go on-and-on about the advantages of it. It lengthens the commute, but it's not such a big deal. It'll be something like bus-train-bike on the way to work, or maybe the opposite, after I figure out what I want to do. I think the social and financial benefits of living in a smaller town will be truly beneficial.
Usually you would rent from the first hand contract holder for short periods of time while they're traveling. I was mostly ignored when I sent emails about these places. Or I'd go to see a place, only to find myself with 20 other "applicants."
Many people actually purchase as an easy alternative to renting! It's the only place I've ever lived where money can't solve all of my everyday problems...
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Besides the weather, there are other causes of delay on motoring trips--including accidents, road construction, breakdowns, and politicians closing bridges to get even with their opponents.
The safety record for private cars is also very poor compared to trains and buses.
"Think Outside the Cage"
A few more considerations:
1) What about bicycle storage?
2) What length of bus trip to work/school would be acceptable?
3) And what about elevation? Low enough so you don't have to climb steep hills to get home every day ... but high enough so you don't get flooded?
4) How about the amount of sunlight a place might get? Too much and the place is blazing hot all the time ... too little and it's dark and cold?
5) Room for entertainment? (That seems to be a big one on Escape to the Country)