How to Use Public Transit
- Sell your car. You can always rent a car for the few
occasions (e.g. a trip to the desert) where a car is needed. You will
still come out ahead financially. The motor vehicle is destroying the
Earth! It is polluting the atmosphere, land, and water. It is clogging the
roadways, which should all be turned into bike paths. Its need for space
is destroying huge amounts of wildlife habitat and preventing wildlife
from travelling. This is all unnecessary and inexcusable. This includes
"green" cars. Whenever I see a hybrid or electric or miniature
car, I think "Why not just get a bicycle???" Motor vehicles
should be reserved for people who can't ride a bicycle Ė although the
electric bicycle should satisfy most of those people.
- Most people donít understand that in order for public
transit to be viable, you have to arrange your life around it. That means,
first of all, live and work near public transit. In other words, donít buy
a house on top of a hill, where transit will never be profitable.
- Make use of the online resources, such as www.511.org or www.metro.net, which are available in
every major city. The computer can tell you in seconds how to get around
using public transit, so that you donít have to juggle paper schedules
from every transit agency.
- To save even more money, and improve your health as well,
buy a bicycle and use it for all local trips and to extend longer trips on
public transit. The best place to but a bike is in a yard sale. Many
people have perfectly good, unused bikes in their garages. Next best are
the online resources such as Craigís List (www.craigslist.org), eBay (www.ebay.com), etc.
- Even better, if you have the time, is walking. Walking
(and using public transit) has an advantage over bicycling: you can read
while walking (or riding the bus or train), saving time and getting
smarter. J I carry a book with
me wherever I go, so I never worry about how long I have to wait. I always
have something productive to do with the time.