Americans Want Expanded Public Transit to Make Driving Easier

The Onion reports on a study showing that a vast majority of Americans want further investments in public transit so everyone else can get off the road and make their drive faster.

"A study released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association reveals that 98 percent of Americans support the use of mass transit by others.

Of the study's 5,200 participants, 44 percent cited faster commutes as the primary reason to expand public transportation, followed closely by shorter lines at the gas station. Environmental and energy concerns ranked a distant third and fourth, respectively.

Anaheim, CA, resident Lance Holland, who drives 80 miles a day to his job in downtown Los Angeles, was among the proponents of public transit.

'Expanding mass transit isn't just a good idea, it's a necessity,' Holland said. 'My drive to work is unbelievable. I spend more than two hours stuck in 12 lanes of traffic. It's about time somebody did something to get some of these other cars off the road.'

Public support for mass transit will naturally lead to its expansion and improvement, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.

'With everyone behind it, we'll be able to expand bus routes, create park-and-ride programs, and build entire new Metrolink commuter-rail lines,' LACMTA president Howard Sager said. 'It's almost a shame I don't know anyone who will be using these new services."'

In conjunction with its release, the APTA is kicking off a campaign to promote mass transit with the slogan, 'Take The Bus... I'll Be Glad You Did.'"

Full Story: Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others



People are more likely to use 21st Century public transit

This is exactly why we need 21st Century Public Transit. The future of public transit is in cellphones that allow people to organize ridesharing on-the-fly (with vehicles that are in motion, as well as people that are just walking to their vehicles). Plus vehicles that can "platoon" to form a virtual bus. Plus vehicles that avoid collisions so that people feel safe in small and fuel-efficient vehicles.

The combined Wii (accelerometers), GPS, and cellphone allows cars (and people) to become super-polite. Motor vehicles become as smart about not running into each other as horses. The rider or driver reads the map and provides the directions. The horse or computer avoids collisions or turns the wheels to avoid rollover. Manufacturers are already installing the technology of super-polite, zero-accident, zero-congestion cars (stability control, navigation systems, self-parking, adaptive cruise control ...)

Super-polite cars are another way to provide 21st Century transit. The energy savings comes from eliminating congestion, making small fuel-efficient vehicles safe from large vehicles, reducing ride sharing liability concerns, and making bicyclists and pedestrians safe.


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