In many American cities, there is no fast and convenient public transportation option, leaving many US citizens with no choice but to drive on their own. However, even in areas that offer mass transit, many commuters eschew it for the comfort of an automobile. The pricing signals of transportation options do not reflect their real costs. Individuals, businesses and taxpayers cover externalities.
Pollution from the automobile is something we all understand – people that live near places with intense car or bus congestion suffer extremely high asthma and respiratory disease rates. Drivers do not pay for these health costs. Individuals, businesses and taxpayers cover the expenses and families suffer with the illnesses.
Added advantage of good public transport, it’s shorter and you can text!
” If more of us start using our local public transportation systems (even occasionally), increased ridership would help convince elected officials to spend more to improve the system. Especially if more of us simultaneously advocated strongly for this change in national priorities.”
Who is Taking the First Step
- Mass Transit Rail Way, Hong Kong
- Mexico City Rapid Transit Metro, Mexico
- Japan Rails
- Metro, Washington D.C.
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York
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