On average, Americans spend roughly 100 minutes per day commuting back and forth to work. This is higher than almost every industrialized country in the world. Some of this can be attributed to millions of individuals now moving out into the suburbs, but the main cause is traffic. Everyone drives to work and willing to sit in traffic rather than taking advantage of public transportation. Are we crazy or does this say something about our current public transportation system?
Public transportation in America needs drastic improvements. When I think of public transportation, “gross and dirty” come to my mind and I’m sure I’m not alone. Because of this, I opt to drive everywhere, even if I have to sit in a few hours of traffic. Because of this we are extremely inefficient as a society. We opt waste our own time and gas rather than to save energy and time. This is quite backwards. Luckily in Europe and Asia, they have taken strides to invest in infrastructure and because of this they’re public transportation systems are far more advanced, upscale and popular than ours here in America.
We need to learn from those around the world and take a step towards a better public transportation system. We can cut down on pollution and save some gas money at the same time. Finally with a reduced number of cars there will be less traffic, and less traffic means less wasted time. Imagine what you could have done in the time you have sat in traffic during your lifetime…
Source: Life in the Slow Lane