Public Transportation

by FelixMorin on October 30, 2017 - 1:30pm

Public Transportation

 

By: Emilie Beauchemin,Laura Henry, Lora Damyanova and Olivia Mazzarello

 

Public transportation has been an important factor that has facilitated a lot of advantages for the community and for your wallet. There’s no doubt that these transportations saves us time and money but it also creates less pollution towards the environment.

 

How Public Transport Helps the Environment and People

It can be said that people using public transportation are exposed to three times the amount of physical activity compared to those who don’t. The cost of public transportations is a lot cheaper then having to buy and repair cars, therefore saving a lot of people money. For example, when buying a monthly pass for a public bus, it comes down to less expensive and it’s safer because statistically there are less accidents that happen on the road. When travelling in these buses or metros, we tend to have less time wasted due to its priority on the roads, which is an avoidance of traffic. The more buses there are, the less cars there are on the road which reduces gas emissions and pollution in general. Public transportations help the decrease of fuel energy and also creates less need to repair roads because of the reduction of cars travelling on them.

 

Public Transport Benefits

If our cities were built to be sustainable, public transportation would be used much more. When thinking about the money we spend on food, clothes and shelter utilities, we tend to find transport somewhat a hard spending. These transports, which are more affordable than cars, are the way to our education and workplace. In order to succeed and get places, we must travel a certain distance depending on where you live. When going to this place, it isn’t always advantageous for everyone due to traffic and the waste of fuel energy being stuck in rush hour. These transportations are the reason as to why we save money and time as said before. The reality is that buses and rail roads will save money not only for yourself but for the community. Investments in public transportations are enabling up to twice as many jobs.The public transport system is a more efficient, reliable, comfortable and flexible for people to get around. David Suzuki says “Great cities are built for people, not cars”(p.120). A lot of cities aren’t investing enough money in public transportation because they don’t think it is important. Cities need to understand that if more money were invested in public transportation, more people would be using these means of transportation, greatly reducing emissions.





 

Works Cited

https://jaishroff.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/public-transportation-and-its-impact-on-the-environment/

https://www.transit.dot.gov/

https://www.southuniversity.edu/whoweare/newsroom/blog/environmental-benefits-of-public-transportation-31178

“Just Cool It” by David Suzuki & Ian Hanington

 

Comments

As part of those who frequent this website, which is usually students from my knowledge, many of us take the buses to school.

It is always interesting when someone proposes an improvement to a commonly used service, but that the city we live in does not take much action to improve that service even though it holds many benefits.

Public transport does, indeed, hold many benefits for the environment. However, the benefits stated would only work for dense locations such as Montreal. In the suburbs, where everything is dispersed, public transport can get unreliable as it depends on the location and safety of the road. For example, during harsh weather, such as the freezing rain last year, many students had to go to school, but the buses were all unavailable. In other words, buses are not always reliable during certain weathers and such.

Plus, as for the timing of the public transport and the time to get to the desired location, from time to time, the buses can get late or never even come because the workers were late or forgot, thus even though it can get to the location in time, it is not a 99.99% efficient way of transport.

In addition, buses only go to locations with a somewhat large number of people going in and out of the location. So, locations such as the farmlands are rarely every visited by public transport.

By Sunny D. and Da Sen Y.