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Take Public Transportation

Stef McDonald


If you have a car, you know the convenience of getting in and driving directly to where you want to go. You might enjoy this enough to wonder why you should bother taking public transportation at all. But you can give back and gain so much by taking the train, bus, subway, or ferry. Start with the environmental benefits of leaving your car behind in favor of public transit: reducing carbon emissions and our collective use of non-renewable oil. It can be good for people, too. Without having to fill up at the pump, you can save money on gas and vehicle maintenance. And without having to pay attention to the road, you're free to read a magazine, prepare for a presentation, or study for an exam. When you're sharing a ride on public transit, you can interact with other passengers—or discretely eavesdrop on conversations. You can daydream or doze, solve a crossword puzzle or play a word game with friends on your smartphone. Do it for a day, a week, or simply more often.

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  • landers

    Pretty easy to do where I live, but anyway I chose to take the train from Edinburgh to Dundee :) It's a very pretty coastal route and the journey was a quiet and easy one. The best train journey I've had in Europe was from Berlin to Copenhagen, where upon leaving Germany the train is loaded onto a ferry and navigates its way past a massive windfarm to Denmark. Great train, great trip. (Cuts out a lot of the journey in Denmark as otherwise it would have to go all the way around!)

  • Dahlia Holmes

    I went all in. I live in Jersey City where parking is at a premium, and there is decent public transportation so I just sold my car. Now I walk, take a bus, train, subway or taxi everywhere. I miss the car when I have to get groceries, or want to do long distance driving on the weekend, but for that now I just take the zipcar or do a car rental.

  • Dan de Angeli

    i totally agree with the writer. In Boston the train can be combined with the bike and give tremendous reach without added emissions. You can even go to the beach! But for the day to day getting around, it takes real stamina to totally give up the car all the time, and really is a lifestyle change few Americans are ready for.

  • Pam Parsons

    I'm a senior and most cities have reduced bus fare for us.The county has a bus for disabled seniors and other disabled people.The fares run from $0.25 to $3.60 each way.Call your senior center or office on aging for advice.

  • Audrey Bellis

    Love it! Jetting around dtla on the DASH/ Blue Line & Red Line as often as possible! Now if only someone could create a convertible heel-to-flat that's actually stylish... I'd walk further too...

    • Kay2lin

      It has to be implemented, just saying it, does not help therefore we need to put the policy in action now, so we can save ourselves from carbon emission......etc.