In the Mario Kart games the longest track always is the Rainbow Road. Without surprise I like this track optically, but it is really long.
Two years ago I searched for a flat where I have decent internet speed and can get to work by train without any problems. With the internet I'm happy until this day. And I could walk to the next train station within five minutes.
But the Deutsche Bahn is confusing me. A monthly pass costs 174 €. For this money I can fill my Diesel tank nearly three times. Pessimistic calculated I can drive about 2.500 km with this. The distance to my workplace is 32 km one-way, so 64 km a day. Round about 20 days per month (four weeks with five workingdays each). In total 1.280 km. For the cost of a monthly pass I can drive additionally 1.200 km in private.
The monthly pass is then just covering the way to work. Other places where I would drive to aren't on this route. For them, I still need a car, I still pay ancillary costs. And I'm less flexible then with the car. The trains is driving once an hour. If a meeting is five minutes to long, I have to wait another 55 minutes. Do I have to go shopping I have to walk additionaly. My route with the car is going to the supermarket and I can buy larger quantities.
Yes, I like to protect our environment. Yes, I would preferre the train over the car. But as long as it is more expensive, always late and I'm less flexible, this isn't attractive. Local transportation has to get cheaper. I already pay more rent because of the train station nearby. I won't pay more for the train then for the fuel. I hate driving daily nowadays. One hour every day...