Public Transportation Benefits

Public Transportation Benefits
At one point in history the human population could rely on self-mobilization to sufficiently relocate from place to place. In other words, everybody used to travel around on foot because there was no other means of transportation. Mankind could only hold itself to this sole means of mobility for so long. Eventually the human mind got creative and many different ways of transportation developed. From horseback and drawn carriages to Henry Ford?s marvel of creation the automobile; people began to move from place to place at a more rapid rate every day. From then onward, means of transportation has since branched off into many different variations. Advancements were originally made to increase efficiency. People were simply appeased with population movement for the greater good. Society today has drawn itself to far from that original perspective. It seems that today people are more concerned about how they look in what they ride in versus the original principal of the matter; that is, the efficiency of relocation of persons or things. The automobile may have originally been viewed as a positive aspect of efficient population transportation; however, it is arguably the single worst cause of pollution today (Bach,17). In the eternal search for a more efficient means of transportation, public transit sheds a bit of light onto the subject. Why not let this light shine down on to our wonderful hometown? Columbia is a busy crowded city that tends to clutter with traffic on a daily basis. What would be the results of introducing mass public transit to the city of Columbia? Instead of personal automobiles you would have taxis and subways to work along side the active bus system. How would this effect the city on an economic level, an environmental level, or even a social growth level?
Without the clutter of each and everyone?s personal automobile, we would immediately see a less crowded city. Logically a person will take up less space than a car. With less people owning, or at least using on a daily basis, a motor vehicle there will be less clutter in the streets. With taxis in the place of personal vehicles there would be a proportionally less number of cars on the road. People share the use of taxis because multiple individuals use the same cab over the course of a day. This would benefit Columbia from an economic standpoint by creating more jobs (taxi drivers) and it would put more money in the consumer?s pocket by cutting down on, or possibly eliminating, putting gas in ones car. Subways also would prove to hold economic benefits for the consumer. Subways allow rapid transportation and eliminate the elements of traffic. There is no such thing as rush hour when you are on the subway because their alignment is not bound to the streets (Tass, 23). An opposing stance to these means of public transportation is that taxes would increase from the resulting services. It is true that subways and taxis cost money to produce. However, no matter what taxes in general will always be a factor, they cannot be eliminated. Contrary to that point is that these means of transportation will eliminate funds related to buying a car and putting gas in it. Furthermore without a car one eliminates car taxes and insurance. Another adverse point on this is the topic of cab and subway fare. This factor will certainly be apparent with the influx of taxis and subways. To be comparative, cars costs tens of thousands of dollars whereas cabs and subways cost a few bucks if that. Taxi and subway fares are paid with every use and a car is only bought once, but what about maintenance? You pay to keep your car in shape and they pay to keep their taxis and subways in shape. Either way the dollars come out of your pocket so instead of breaking the bank just simply fork over the chump change for cab and subway fare. When this whole idea of taxes and fares is put in to perspective then one can see the sacrifice made for a more positive overall outcome.

The earth has only so many resources and can handle on so much abuse. From an environmental standpoint one can see how fewer cars on the road will produce less exhaust therefore reducing the depletion of the ozone layer. Furthermore, the rate at which we tap into the earth?s resources would decrease. Subways also reduce pollution by running on electricity. With these factors apparent, the public should be able to recognize the positive environmental aspects of public transit. Some may disagree and say that simply carpooling would alleviate the majority of these pollutant concerns, but carpooling is a trend that is hard to stick by. It would take more organization and planning than simply hailing a taxi or hoping on the subway. More so on the topic of direct pollution reduction is the introduction of bio-diesel technology to the already operating bus fleet. Bio-diesel costs less than regular diesel and it also burns much cleaner, which makes it safer for the environment (Uscnews, 1).

People take for granted social interaction in the world today. They are always too busy to stop and say hello. With the introduction of public transit people would be inadvertently placed in a situation to interact with others. From a morning cab driver to the people you might sit with on the subway social interaction makes for a healthier person. A socially active society will inevitably be a healthier one because friends and acquaintances feel more comfortable than strangers. Another positive aspect would be that the air we breathe would be healthier and less polluted. People would also breathe more of it if they walked to the subway or bus station.

Everybody has to constantly relocate. People have places to be and things to do. There will always be ways for individuals to get around but it isn?t always to the benefit of the greater good. The automobile may be a marvel of invention but like our founding fathers admit in the constitution for each idea we have it probably could use a little amending here and there. Yes, transportation is necessary, but why be so wasteful and careless in the effect. Through mass public transportation the city of Columbia could benefit economically, environmentally, and socially in many ways. By understanding this concept and applying it to society today the world would be a better place.

Public Transportation Benefits 6.9 of 10 on the basis of 1548 Review.