Public Transportation Benefits

At one point in history the human population could rely on self-mobilization to sufficiently relocate from place to place. In other words, everybody used to travel around on foot because there was no other means of transportation. Mankind could only hold itself to this sole means of mobility for so long. Eventually the human mind got creative and many different ways of transportation developed. From horseback and drawn carriages to Henry Ford's marvel of creation the automobile; people began to move from place to place at a more rapid rate every day. From then onward, means of transportation has since branched off into many different variations. Advancements were originally made to increase efficiency. People were simply appeased with population movement for the greater good. Society today has drawn itself to far from that original perspective. It seems that today people are more concerned about how they look in what they ride in versus the original principal of the matter; that is, the efficiency of relocation of persons or things. The automobile may have originally been viewed as a positive aspect of efficient population transportation; however, it is arguably the single worst cause of pollution today (Bach,17). In the eternal search for a more efficient means of transportation, public transit sheds a bit of light onto the subject. Why not let this light shine down on to our wonderful hometown? Columbia is a busy crowded city that tends to clutter with traffic on a daily basis. What would be the results of introducing mass public transit to the city of Columbia? Instead of personal automobiles you would have taxis and subways to work along side the active bus system. How would this effect the city on an economic level, an en...

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... be ways for individuals to get around but it isn't always to the benefit of the greater good. The automobile may be a marvel of invention but like our founding fathers admit in the constitution for each idea we have it probably could use a little amending here and there. Yes, transportation is necessary, but why be so wasteful and careless in the effect. Through mass public transportation the city of Columbia could benefit economically, environmentally, and socially in many ways. By understanding this concept and applying it to society today the world would be a better place.

Works Cited

Bach, Wilfrid. Atmospheric Pollution. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.

Tass, Leslie. Modern Rapid Transit. New York: Carlton, 1971.

USCNEWS.University of South Carolina. 25 Oct. 2003
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