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7 Reasons you should commute via public transport

by DrPrem Jagyasi
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Although most of us favor driving to work in our own cars, we might want to consider using the public transport system once in a while. Although not convenient, public transport has several advantages over private transport. And we are not only talking about the benefits for the environment here. You can benefit by opting for public transportation in several ways, checkout some ideas here.

More convenient

Passengers Standing On Busy Commuter Bus

Passengers Standing On Busy Commuter Bus

With public transport, you can easily reach the destination you want without worrying about getting stuck in traffic jams, one way systems and unknown routes. Consider the amount of fuel wasted in these situations. By opting for public transport, you prevent these scenarios and do your bit to save the environment. Better yet, you can let someone else do the driving while you sit down and relax throughout the ride.

Reduced emissions

Woman getting on bus in London, England

Woman getting on bus in London, England

The CO2 emissions from fuel-powered vehicles are the main reasons for the increasing greenhouse gas levels in the environment. Rather than driving your own car and contributing to these emissions, consider traveling by public transport. While this won’t make much difference, consider the impact over a dozen or more cars would have on the environment if all their owners decided to travel by public transport.

Cleaner air

Winter in the city

Winter in the city

In addition to CO2 emissions, fuel powered vehicles are known to produce a lot of smoke that renders the surrounding air unclean and unhealthy. Breathing in this air will allow all sorts of contaminants to enter your system, thus leading to several health related ailments in the long run. With public transport, you will be doing yourself as well as everyone else around you a favor by reducing your contribution towards this smoke. This, in turn, would ensure that you leave behind clean, breathable air for future generations.

Cheaper mode of travel

Dreaming business woman with cash in hand

Dreaming business woman with cash in hand

In sharp contrast to popular belief that public transport is expensive, there are a number of instances where traveling by public transport would turn out to be much cheaper than driving your own vehicle to the same location. Couple this with the money saved on fuel costs (you would be indirectly contributing to fuel emissions this way as well) and you will be able to save a significant amount of money this way.

Reduced parking issues

Young woman using mobile phone on bus, smiling

Young woman using mobile phone on bus, smiling

One of the worst things that could happen to you after driving to a location is to find no parking spot to park your vehicle in. Hunting for a parking spot is clearly one of the most frustrating parts of private transport that can luckily, be taken care of with public transport. With the latter, it is always just get on, enjoy the ride and get off. There is no need to hunt for a parking spot, thus reducing your extra driving time as well as extra emissions in the process.

Less use of green space

Passengers in a bus

Passengers in a bus

With public transport, cities would face fewer burdens to create new roads and parking lots for individual vehicles. It is a known fact that strong transit is one of the vital parameters of smart growth in urban areas that desire to be cleaner, safer and quieter while making it easy for residents to get around from one point to another.

Sustainable economic development

Close up of hands holding seedling in the rain

Close up of hands holding seedling in the rain

The green drive is only just beginning to take shape. As such, it has the potential to stimulate sustainable economic development in many regions. The manufacturing of green vehicles as well as the expansion of public transport systems would help create more job opportunities for the local economy, thus helping it flourish in the process of saving the environment. This, in turn, would allow cities to compete with each other for economic growth, offering its residents a high quality of life in the process.

If you have been thinking about switching to public transport for quite some time now but have never got around to doing it, then this would be the perfect time for you to do so. In addition to helping you save the environment from smoke, dust, pollutants and CO2 emissions, this step would help you leave behind clean air and a high quality of life for future generations.