SFSU students and opinions on mass transit

A BART Train loads passengers at SFOGas prices are near all-time highs, parking near campus has been horrible for decades, and bridge tolls have risen for those who must cross the bay.

All negatives for those who want to drive to San Francisco State.

More than 1.1 million trips are taken on BART or Muni each weekday, according to the Federal Transit Database. Advocates say it’s better for the environment and you don’t have to worry about parking.

Still there are SF State students who prefer the freedom of driving, as well as many who think parking at SFSU isn’t worth the hassle. This audio “man on the street” story talks to both sides:

3 thoughts on “SFSU students and opinions on mass transit

  1. Interesting. It amazes me how many people have the attitude “I have a car, why would I take transit?”

    My conscious decision to rely mostly on public transit has really exposed the cost of having a home in place, a job in another place, and favorite recreational activities in a variety of other places. I also have friends in many spots.

    When I decide I want to have lunch with a friend, I have to get there. If I drive, it comes down to x $ for gas, plus some amount of parking hassle. If I take transit, it might turn a 1-hour lunch into a 3-hour or more trip.

    I have really had to learn to combine trips. It makes way more sense to meet someone for early dinner on a Sharks game night than to go to a game on Saturday and have lunch with that friend on Sunday. With a car, I might do the latter since “it’s only a little extra gas.”

    I suppose this is why $4 gas seems to be the tipping point for a lot of people.

    • Sadly, my standing Twitter searches for public transit agencies — at least when it comes to HS/College-age people — are filled with, “I hate (XXXX Transit Agency), I can’t wait until I get a car.” It seems like too many people at that age consider a personal vehicle a symbol of their independence, rather than consider all the other factors involved with driving.

      I didn’t have regular access to a car until I was 28 and married (although I got my license at 18). I think that’s one reason I’m still taking transit, even for non-commute trips, and my family can function with one car.

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