Friday, August 31, 2018

Public Transportation

 


Buses are probably the best choice for mass transit, but cities aren't designed around mass transit very often. With small and medium sized cities, buses should work well. A number of issues contribute to low ridership rates, along with the above mentioned issue.

In many urban areas, bus stops are unsafe. The walk to a bus stop may be unsafe. At the bus stops there may be panhandlers, aggressive panhandlers, or people who just shouldn't be there in the first place. This is bad because this is public transportation. People accessing this transportation shouldn't be obstructed. Lighted stops are one possible minor solution.

Handicapped individuals should have every right to public transportation, maybe even free. Rather than trying to accommodate these individuals on regular buses, they should probably have access to a dial a ride system. This way, they can go straight from point A to point B. When regular buses are retrofitted, they lose passenger space and the schedules get thrown off. The resulting larger buses aren't nimble. Some people can't get to the stops, or have trouble getting to them in the first place. 

Scheduling is another issue. A lot of the stops aren't covered. If people are waiting out in the elements for unnecessary, extended periods of time, it lowers ridership levels. Also people get in trouble for being late to places.

Some places issue passes with magnetic strips. It doesn't make much sense to sell a 1 year pass that has a strip that wears out in a month, and there are usually no exchanges or refunds on the passes.

How well a given area can utilize mass transit varies. Newer communities should take this into serious consideration. Addressing some of the above issues would improve ridership, cut down on traffic and fuel costs, and perhaps justify some additional investments in new routes and stop improvements.





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