Transportation is a core necessity in people’s lives. It can be described as the movement of goods and people from one point to the next. One of the important aspects of transportation that is worth discussion is the aspect of public transportation. Perhaps, it is pretty obvious that private means of transport has associated benefits but the effects of public means of transport to the economy are a matter of great concern. In a majority of great cities, public means of transport enhances cost effectiveness. Public transport relieves people from the cost of purchasing new cars. Besides, it also prevents people from undergoing the unnecessary costs of buying fuel for their private vehicles alongside relieving them from the costs of parking charges that are usually imposed in public parking lots. Far from that, in some cities public transportation saves a lot of money firstly people do not have to buy their own cars. When it comes to prices, the fares for buses or taxis are cheaper than private cars when compared bus fare to the oil price.
Apart from relieving people from transportation costs, using public transport empowers people to take part in physical activities because they are usually compelled to move from one stop to the next. On the contrary, the American Center for disease control recommends people to take at least 22 minutes of the day to engage in physical practices. Thankfully, public means of transport necessitates that. Thus, people who prefer public means of transport have higher chances of living disease free lives compared to their counterparts who use private means of transport. It is important to note that being physically active empowers people to live lives that are free from health complications like diabetes, obesity, hypertension diseases, stroke, and joint problems amongst other health complications.
Another significance of public means of transport is the fact that private means of transport are associated with more cases of accidents compared to public means of transport. It is unfortunate to report that private means of transport is amongst the leading causes of deaths and other related injuries to people who are aged between 1 to 44 years old. Therefore, the use of public means of transport is significant enough to assist in resolving the issue. Moreover, researchers have proved that areas that have relatively high number of public means of transport have lower crime rates compared to the regions that have low number of public transport.
It is also important to note that public transport enables countries to handle their economic stress. Other than aiding the movement of people from one part of the country to another, public transport empowers the young generation to access the scattered educational institutions in the nation. Consequently, there are no better ways for investing in future prosperity other than empowering the youths and thankfully, public means of transport is in a position of guaranteeing that. Nonetheless, the fact that a majority of users of public means of transport are students and workers justifies its significance in enhancing economic developments. As far as people get to interact and relate well amongst themselves in the public means of transport is also important in boosting social cohesion and economic development in the long run.
Public means of transport are environmentally healthy. Research studies have shown that pollution accounts for as relatively high number of deaths that are indeed avoidable. Public means of transport like buses and electric trains are more technologically advanced that other private cars thus they play important roles in preventing pollution. Besides that, public transport has also empowered people to access basic necessities in life like medical services alongside recreational centers that are relatively expensive to plan and visit using private means.
Besides that, public means of transport is also important in promoting social interaction in the community and promotion of national cohesion of countries. On the contrary, national cohesion is the core foundation for enhancing developments in countries and governments because it enables people to work together in fulfilling their civic duties and responsibilities. Most importantly, when people interact in public means of transport, they learn how to live and relate well with each other. This enhances the social and economic perspective of people in the society and how they can live with each other for both social and economic development. Thankfully, in the long run, countries that have relatively higher reliance on public means of transport have higher developments than their counterparts that have less public means of transport.
To sum up, there are other instances where people tend to wish to travel to places for the first time. Interestingly, public means of transport plays significant role in foreseeing that they reach their destination safely and timely. In some places, public transportation saves a lot of money firstly people do not have to buy their own cars. The public transport has also empowered people to access basic necessities in life like medical services alongside recreational centers that are relatively expensive to plan and visit using private means. The lack of physical activity is associated with various health and medical issues among people in the world of different ages. The dynamics associated with the consumption of fuel and its impact towards economic development is an elemental issue that guides the impact of all the modes of transport and their overall impact towards economic and social growth.
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