About the only place I ever lived that made sense to ride mass transit was Chicago. Otherwise, no amount of buses, light rail, trains, or what have you was efficient enough to compensate for the fact a car could go from the driveway of your house to the driveway or parking lot of your destination. Throw in the fact it gets gold in Minnesota and walking to and waiting at bus stops makes mass transit all that much more unappealable.
There is another reason not to ride mass transit. It (usually) has people who are so bad at life they can't afford a car. It isn't that hard to afford a car. Plenty of used cars nowadays for $3,000. Leftists and the bleeding heart types will say, "but who has $3,000 they can just drop on a car? You hate the poor! Why are you so mean! Not everybody can be like you!"
I ask how CAN'T you save up a measly $3,000 for a car? Hell, I managed to do that working for $6.90 an hour AND pay for college, living expenses, etc. A car would be kind of your primary thing you need to get since it allows you to get to work, the grocery store and makes life a hell of a lot easier. Sure, maybe ride the bus for a couple months to build up your reserves, but (and again, unless, say you're commuting to downtown for work and it just pays to take the bus) in the end every person should be able to get a cheap used car. If you can't, then there's something wrong with you.