Public transportation has many advantages and only a few disadvantages. Yet many of us still prefer or always use our own car. We have various pretexts for it; such as the distance you live from the station, lack of security, slow public transport, unreliability, discomfort, etc.
Several studies around the world attest to the fact that it is generally better to use public than private transport.
The positives of using public buses, trains and planes outweigh the positives of using private transportation. The winners are not only the individuals, but also (and especially) the whole community.
In fact, if more people travel by public transport, it improves traffic, reduces congestion and helps emit less pollutants into the air. In the United States, it would be possible to save 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions per year by reducing fuel consumption, especially diesel. Another advantage of shared transport is reduced noise pollution.
Public transport can be used by everybody, students, adults, elderly or the disabled, and you can save a lot of money. In the United States, it was calculated that a middle class family who mainly uses public transport saves around 6,200 dollars per year.
Travelling by public transport is less stressful and it requires a minimum physical effort, thus providing a sense of well-being.
If you are worried about the safety of travelling on public transport; then it is good to know that a bus is considered to be 79 times safer than a car, whilst trains and subways are even safer than buses.
There are many benefits. But we live in a highly individualistic culture. From early in the childhood we develop a distrust of unban transport; both in terms of effectiveness and its suitability.
In order to change this attitude, authorities need to make efforts to make smarter, cleaner and a more efficient transport network without waste. This will definitely encourage the younger generations to use public transportation.