I am at times given to wonder about the percentage of people who use our trains who feel they are forced to use them because of the traffic congestion they would endure if they used their car. I know one such person.
She is definitely a car person. We went somewhere on a tram with her a couple years ago and she said it was the first time she had used public transport in years. This surprised me given she lives in East St Kilda.
She started a new job at the eastern end of the city last year, without a staff car parking space, and so had to use the train to get to work and as her line does not use the City Loop, she had to change trains to get to Parliament . She likes the job but was looking forward to when the office was moved to Docklands as she would be able to use her car again to get to and from work and park at Docklands Stadium for a reasonable price.
It hasn't quite worked out that way. She has discovered that it is quicker and less stressful for her to drive and park at Balaclava Station, catch the train to Flinders Street and change to another train to get to So Cross Station and then walk to Docklands (short walk to her office).
Does she enjoy what she considers her forced use of trains? Nope, not one iota.
As for me, I am often forced to use my car when I would rather leave the driving to someone else and instead of participating in the competition for road space, stare out the window, read or contemplate.