posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 05:02 PM
i don't know about you but arround here the push for takeing public transit is huge. we hear catch phrases like "the better way", and are inundated
with comercials showing relaxed people on the way to work shown against people stuck in trafic. we are preached to that it's cheaper as well as
enviromentaly better. but is it truly better for the average joe?
first what is public transit? public transit has variable forms depending on where you live. lets see there is electrical powed vehicles, trollies,
trains, suways, streetcars. these are considdered "clean" vehicles due to being electric. but how much damage and pollution was created to make that
electricity? not to mention that they tend to leave all lights on and moters in idle while they are not being used, i live by a streetcar facility and
i know that that is normal.
then we have the petro chemical vehicles, they run on gas, diesle, propane, ect. now these all give out polluting exaust while they are running, and
they run some almost 24/7. how much they pollute differs greatly amounst the vehicles from extended busses to taxi cabs. now in all honesty taxies
should not be includede as they are more polluiteing then if you drove yourself but it is hinted at that they are better than driveing. now all these
vehicles tend to use vast amounsts of fuel everyday both by just weighing a few tons to the fact that they are constantly running, even if they don't
have any passengers.
then we get into things like schedualing and time taken for trips. ah yes standing at a bus stop in the middle of january as a storm rages arround you
as you waite more than an hour for that bus to arrive. no shelter from the wind and no place to go warm up. or alternately go out start the car and
drive to work. in all honesty which choice would you take? even in the best of conditions bus scheduals don't always work, even if everthing works
perfectly you can be standing in the middle of nowhere waiting an hour for a bus. transit tends to take much longer than driveing because of this. not
to mention of course that all that stopping to pick people up takes forever as well, in my experiance transit can take over 600% longer than driveing
depending on where you have to go. for example it used to take me half an hour by car to get to work or three hours by bus on a good day.
then we get to cost of takeing transit. transit is expensive at least here, $2.75/trip cash fair i think we are at now. so $5.50/ round trip no
stopping. now thats only if you happen to live IN the city, if you have to get into the city double that to $11/ trip to work you know even with gas
at over $1/liter it's still cheaper to pay for the gas. and thats JUST to get back and forth to work, any other trips cost that same fare, want to
stop off at that new store? thats another fare, want to go over to a freinds? thats yet two more fairs. can you see it add up? there are transit
passes available but they ain't cheap like $60/week to use multiple systems.
okay now have you ever tried to go shopping on a bus? you have a choice only 2or three bags at a time or the transit users biggest anoyance use a
bundle buggy. it ain't fun and it aint easy. or how about that good deal on a 27" tv, good luck carrying that on transit. could hire a taxi but
thats gonna cost ya.
so depending on ones needs transit is realy not all that great a deal for them to rely on. i know that for myself to make transit even close to
apealing would be for them to masively upgrade and extend rapid transit such as subways greatey to improve efficiancy. then they would need to get
decent schedualings to cut down the time even further, and on top of that they would need to cut fare down about in half to make it eccinomicaly