Possible To Be 'Carfree' In Exurbia?

John Schindel lives in Stafford County, Virginia, a far-out exurb of Washington, D.C. Because of previous legal problems, he has no driving privileges. How does he get to and from his varied places of employment?

"It's 4:15 a.m. on a workday, and John Schindel is in his kitchen in a rural part of Stafford County, running through his commuting checklist before he heads out into the dark, drizzly, pre-dawn."

"Got the blue lunchbox. Got the fluorescent vest. A quick spritz of Febreze fabric freshener on his flannel jacket and he's out the door."

"...Schindel has chosen to become an unelected statesman for carless, struggling exurban workers, lobbying for bus service everywhere from the Stafford County supervisors' meetings and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's recent Fairfax transportation forum to the Pentagon slug line."

Thanks to C. P. Zilliacus

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