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.