Every day, thousands of citizens take buses, trains, ferries, and rapid transit to work, to visit family or friends, or to get to somewhere to spend time enjoying their city. There are many advantages to having access to public transportation - for your city and yourself.
Transit riders save money on car payments and maintenance, insurance and gas…not to mention parking. According to one study, access to bus and train lines reduces driving by 4,400 miles per household each year, and about $10,000 of costs annually.
Drivers who can no longer drive due to illness or age are able to stay connected to the community by using the public transportation available to them. Also, buses, trains and rapid transit are all wheelchair accessible – making services available to all.
Leaving your car at home each day and opting for public transit is a step towards attaining a better environment as it cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the use of fossil fuels.
Taking public transit makes you less likely to be involved in a car accident. Also, it is an excellent alternative after sharing a drink or two with friends or family as no one is taking a risk by driving.
Commuting with public transit allows you to catch up on your reading, listen to music, or write a to-do list, as you do not need to worry about the stresses of driving and directions. Also, you may be cutting down on your actual commute, as busses are able to take advantage of the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane. No more jam-packed lanes for you!
People who regularly use public transportation meet people from all walks of life, improving their social outlook on life by getting to know more people.
Celebrating Public Transit
Numerous communities like to celebrate public transit and alternatives that help the environment.
For example, many cities host “Car Free” days, shutting down streets and replacing cars and traffic jams with family-friendly fun.
You may also find a lot of cities offering free transportation on holidays or during special events.
Students, seniors and children also generally receive discounts on public transit fares.
Find your nearest transit office to find out what’s happening in your city.