Sunday, April 14, 2013
When public transport is public
I can grab a cab and be home in half an hour for 280 pesos (around US$23 -- not unreasonable for a 12-15 km ride).
The other option is to catch the metro at the airport terminal station. This takes me an hour, and so long as the suitcase is not *too* large the trip is perfectly manageable.
The metro costs 3 pesos (25 US cents, more or less).
The Mexico City metro is one of the most fabulous public resources I know of, and I use it as my default travel mode about the city.
I wonder if there is anywhere else in the world where a reasonably reasonable cab fare is 93.3 times the cost of a reasonably convenient public transport option.
In an age of user pays, the metro system has got it right. The users pay 3 pesos, and they count in their millions.
There are many fabulous things about my favourite city, but nothing -- not even the museums and the pyramids -- can top the metro as a service to quality of life.