- There is no guarantee that the bus or train you want to take will actually be there on time.
- There is no guarantee that the bus or train will not be at capacity, forcing you to wait 15 - 30 minutes for the next one, which in turn may also be full from all of the people who had to queue up to get on it
- There is no guarantee that the bus will not stop 1 - 3 kilometers before your stop, and announce that is the end of the line
- There are never people policing the quality of life issues on the bus. From people smoking joints, to vandalizing the bus, to playing boom boxes, to getting aggressive when you ask them to move in to the conveyance so other can get on. I don't want to start my morning with some dude playing music at loud volumes that go above my own headphones, or with a homeless person literally pissing in his seat on the bus
- In more distance areas, all of these issues are exacerbated. Being forced to sit on a train from 45th and Ocean Ave, for 1.15 hours downtown, while all of the aforementioned is going on? No thanks.
The times I do take the bus, it's usually because I am walking and it happens to be there, but most of the time I either ride a bike, or pay to take a ride share service like lyft. It's not worth it to spend $2.25 and take 1 hour to go 5 kilometers, when I can pay $11 and get there in 20. I am lucky that SF is relatively small in size and its prohibitively expensive to use a car here. I'd hate to see how much a cab ride from the suburbs of Chicago to downtown would cost.