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cccb
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Just curious about how essential it is to have a car in STT. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts, thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : January 10, 2016 3:13 am
Scubadoo
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Depends on where and when you might want to go and how much money you want to spend. There are plenty of taxis around that will take you where you want to go for a fee. If you are going to be living there you probably want a car.

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Posted : January 10, 2016 5:27 am
Alana33
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Depends where you live.
North side and Southside offer no public transportation.
There's no real schedule for safari taxis and they don't run after dark.
Regular Taxis prefer to tend to cruise ship and airport arrivals/departures. Plus, it can get expensive. Getting one can at times be promlematic especially on a busy cruise ship day and your location.
Being without a car can be very limiting if you need to get to work on time, especially if you don't live close to where you work, shop, go to beach, movies, etc.,

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Posted : January 10, 2016 8:23 am
East Ender
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cccb: Personally, I cannot imagine being car-less on St Thomas. But then I am from the era of muscle cars- when cars were king. (Ah, for a wide open highway and a Hemicuda...) But, I do know people who are less connected to personal vehicles. They use the safari system, depend on friends and neighbors, and have names of gypsy cab drivers in their contacts list. 😉

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Posted : January 10, 2016 11:22 am
mtdoramike
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Alana is right, I know back in the early 70's while I worked at lived at Blue Beards Castle, which is located down town, I could go just about any where on public transportation (yep they had public buses even back then) like Tutu, Red Hook. But if I wanted to go Northside or Westside, I had to take a taxi. That got expensive since I was catting around with a Northside girl so I had to eventually buy a cheap car.

mike

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Posted : January 10, 2016 3:00 pm
SausageInTheCan
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You need a car.

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Posted : January 10, 2016 3:20 pm
Perspexicon
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I am currently living here without a car and getting by just fine. The safari buses have some limitations, but they're really handy if you can manage. The downsides are that they don't cover all places and they don't run after dark -- if you have a job that keeps you out until the evening, you probably need a car. The upsides are they're cheap and there are a lot of them -- I usually can get one within 5 minutes, and almost never need to wait more than 10.

The first thing I did when I got here was hop on a safari and ride the whole route. Once you figure out where you can get to, you can factor that into your housing search and determine if you need a car then.

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Posted : January 10, 2016 8:33 pm
ms411
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Glad to see somebody successfully using the safari. There needs to be more public transportation usage because traffic can be a nightmare and all these vehicles pollute the air and increase temperatures.

We have too many vehicles on STT.

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Posted : January 10, 2016 8:51 pm
Alana33
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The safaris are only accessible from main roads so you must walk to main road and wait until one comes along. Then walk from where you get off on main road to where you need to go and back. They mainly traverse east to west. Buses go further west than safaris. No buses or safaris on south or northside.
Glad it's working out for perspexicon.
I live north side and it would never work for me without a car.

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Posted : January 10, 2016 11:46 pm
cccb
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Thank you all for your thoughts, I also enjoyed hearing the different perspectives too.

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Topic starter Posted : January 11, 2016 1:29 am
AandA2VI
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Mandatory for happiness on STT.

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Posted : January 11, 2016 5:05 am
Exit Zero
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There is some bus service on the western Northside from Bordeaux to Crown Mt Rd and then down to town.

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Posted : January 11, 2016 7:49 am
ms411
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There is some bus service on the western Northside from Bordeaux to Crown Mt Rd and then down to town.

You left out the word unreliable.

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Posted : January 11, 2016 9:01 am
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