How Local Governments Can Promote Public Transit and Reduce the Number of Cars on the Road

Many environmentalists believe that reducing traffic on the public roads would help cut down on the amount of air pollution causing problems to nature and human health. Fewer cars on the road would also lessen the amount of time commuters spend driving to and from work and other destinations and possibly reduce the number of traffic accidents. Local governments can take steps like the following to promote public transit and make our world cleaner and safer.

Multi-Ride Discounts

Some metro-transit systems offer discounts for a monthly rider pass. These may include daily bus rides for a certain price or 15 rides per month for a lower price. Often, the package includes transferring from bus to another to reach a destination. Making the bus option affordable to more people can encourage many to ride the bus and leave their cars at home.

Passenger Perks

Public transit vehicles that provide perks may see an increase in customers. Perks might include coupons for services at pharmacies or supermarkets that regular passengers frequent. Another perk would be to provide a certain number of free rides after a passengers has used public transit for a specific number of times. Keeping hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes on a public vehicle would be another incentive, along with umbrellas to and from covered bus stops.

Repurpose Unused Vehicles

Public transit companies that purchase old cars and refurbish them as taxis or for Uber-type services can also help customers save money. By not having to pay car insurance, maintenance, fuel, and repairs, people can use public transportation whenever they need to get somewhere. If your local transit system does not actually buy and reuse aging vehicles, but you would like to start using public transport anyway, look for ads that will pay money for your junk car and haul it away if it is no longer running or in poor condition.

Add Service Routes

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Some people prefer to drive their own cars because public transportation does not go close to the places they need to get to, such as a doctor’s office or shopping area. A transit company could survey customers on public vehicles or at the website to find out how many customers would use public transport if it went to certain well-populated areas not currently being serviced by buses or taxis. If feasible, adding new routes could attract customers who prefer not to drive themselves.

Public transportation is a valuable service that can meet many people’s needs. With a few adjustments, these companies may be able to help more passengers and assist in protecting the planet as well.

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