Public transportation is a necessity for creating sustainable communities–a good public transportation system means fewer cars on the road and fewer toxins in our air. I think transportation issues in Southeastern Massachusetts are often left out of environmentalist discussions, likely because public transportation in this area is used out of necessity, not choice. Bus riders in Southeastern MA are, more often than not, low income minorities, immigrants, students, seniors, disabled members of the community and the working poor. The public transportation system in Southeastern Mass is also horribly underfunded and lacks extended service into the evening and on Sundays. However, this might also be a result of the public transit system being under-utilized. So, if you can choose to ride the bus, why wouldn’t you?
Here are some reasons to switch to using public transportation:
SAVING ENERGY! Want to decrease our dependency on foreign oil? If just 10% of Americans switched to using public transportation the U.S. reliance on foreign oil would decrease 40%.
IT’S SAFER! Riding a bus is about 80x safer than riding in a car, and riding a train or subway is even safer.
IT’S BETTER FOR YOUR HEALTH! Studies show that people who switch to using public transportation regularly tend to be healthier than people who don’t, because of the exercise they get walking to and from bus stops, subway stations and their homes and offices.
USING PUBLIC TRANSIT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY! According to an APTA study, families that use public transportation can reduce their household expenses by over $6,000 annually, more than the average U.S. household spends on food every year.
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For more on the local bus system check out: www.srtabus.com