Clean Transport

Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill


The Benefits Of Public Transport + Infographic

October 9th, 2013 by  

The benefits of public transport have always been relatively obvious to me — it’s cheaper than owning and driving a car. As I’ve gotten older, however, the benefits have become somewhat more expansive, encompassing more than my own wallet.

In a world which, for all intents and purposes, has dismissed the environment as a concern and is treating the planet’s atmosphere as a reusable commodity, public transport is one of the few initiatives that inadvertently benefit humans and the environment, which seems to be the only way we can make any progress towards protecting the environment. Buses take cars off the road, trains do the same and don’t even use a combustible engine, while trams — where they exist — provide much needed inter-city transport.

It seems that Kansas City knows all of this already, though, if Transform Kansas City is anything to go by. Billing themselves as a “joint effort between Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) and the American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC) Young Architects Forum (YAF) – to develop a public discourse on the opportunities of rail transit and facilitate professional and community input in the development of a more sustainable built environment”, Transform Kansas City have been working hard to publicise the benefits of public transport.

October 4th was the launch of a new exhibition showcasing the benefits of public transport for Kansas City:

Transform Kansas City will host a month long exhibition this Fall from October 4, 2013 to October 25, 2013in the East Hall of Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Union Station. The projects in the exhibition were submitted as part of the Call for Ideas held in June.

All of the submissions were curated by Transform Kansas City and the ideas within the exhibition are meant to inspire and elevate the public discourse around the transformative power of smart, sustainable transportation investments. Many of the ideas have the opportunity to change the public’s perception of the future of the City and show the benefits of public transit.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Transform Kansas City have also created this fantastic infographic, which should be enough to get you at least thinking about the benefits of public transport.


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  • Marion Meads

    The automakers have lobbied very hard in the past to prevent development of mass transit in California and Texas and they were very successful. This time around, they could be vulnerable.

    One thing that I don’t understand, in the case of California, the bus fares and the train fares are more expensive than the cost of the fuel for your car if you drive directly to your destination from your house. You will have to include of course the payment to the taxi of bringing you from your doorstep to the train station or the nearest bus station, or the time and fuel of your friend who would bring you to the station. And of course you have to include the waiting time for the trains or bus to arrive and then arranging for connecting transport at your destination. But the bus fares alone are expensive per unit mile compared to driving the car, at least here in California. And yet, the bus companies, the train companies needed to be subsidized because they are losing money every year.

    In third world countries, the cost bus fares and train fares are only a tiny fraction of the price of gasoline should you choose to use your car. In other words, it is truly very cheap to take the bus or train than your car. And yet, the bus companies and train companies are making a decent living, and they are not subsidized by the government.

    • fletch

      Here in the Sacramento,CA region, quite a few people mention the high cost of transit($6/all-day for Regional Transit). Seems like the low-cost of gasoline(compared to most global markets) is part of the issue. Can you say BIG Oil…….

      • Bob_Wallace

        One can’t commute very far for $6. It’s not just the cost of fuel. There’s vehicle depreciation, maintenance and insurance.

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