Public transit works best in crowded urban areas where traffic barely moves, parking prices drain your wallet and driving a car is just too much hassle. In those cities, transit proves especially valuable in ferrying large numbers of riders to activity centers such as downtowns, large employers, hospitals and colleges. And for many bus and train riders, taking transit also is a lifestyle choice.
On those counts, Central Washington at first seems to come up short. The area offers small cities separated by wide open spaces; smaller-scale activity center and employers who are more dispersed. For most people, the lifestyle choice is made for them by the ease of private automobile travel — and by the mindset that the car is the only way to go. (READ MORE…)