Take a good look at your daily commute on the road. Notice something? The vast majority of vehicles are only transporting one person. Thousands of Americans each day commute long distances to reach their destinations. Nevertheless, this routine activity of driving our own cars everywhere is causing the American society a lot of headaches.
During rush hour, traffic jams and accidents frustrate drivers. Not only are you coming from work tired and stressed, but you also have to deal with a long commute and traffic. Ah! And high gas prices- Yes, gas prices are going up. Traffic and gas prices are the most obvious annoyances. Thousands of Americans are spending countless hours on the road and thousands of dollars in gasoline.
People aren’t the only ones paying a high price for commuting; the environment is paying dearly too. Reliance on automobiles as our primary mode of transportation is creating an infinite list of problems for the environment. The most known are CO2 levels and climate change, but, in reality, there is more than meets the eye. Environmental problems range from noise pollution to loss of habitat. These problems are exacerbated as they become part of the global scale.
Nevertheless, what most people do not realize is that problems in the environment create problems in the economy. How? Neglecting the environment makes the economic system inefficient due to the costs of solving environmental problems.
Needless to say, American infrastructure is in desperate need of a transportation system that is modern and efficient. The current system is faulty and has deep effects on social, environmental, and economic issues. Transportation has become highly individualized, and if you don’t own a car, it’s near to impossible to get around.
This series of Pimp My Mass Transit will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the current transportation systems and the impacts on the society, the environment, and the economy. Let’s see where the wind takes us!