The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, there are far, far too many people on this planet for us all, humankind, to keep driving our own, individual cars to and from our destinations.
We need public transportation.
And we need it all over our cities and states and nations. We need it across the world.
We have to stop pretending it's--what?--the 1940's? and there aren't that many of us and we can continue this expensive, very polluting insanity.
As just one example, look at traffic in Los Angeles.
Keep in mind, too, this is daily. Sure, it's Los Angeles but it's not just them, not just that one city and again, it's not just a one day occurrence. It's repeated all through the year and in far too many cities across the globe.
It's getting worse, too.
Not only is it Los Angeles, but it's only growing worldwide. With more and more people in our cities, states and nations, across the globe, this only becomes more apparent and real and necessary.
Think about it. Los Angeles. San Diego. San Francisco. Houston, Dallas, Austin. Heck, traffic is so bad on the other side of the country, we just give up and call it the "Northeast corridor."
As usual, Germany and Europe are far ahead of us here in the US on this, too.
Not only is this a good idea, we need to take it steps further.
We will need to actually further tax cars so we can accomplish three big goals:
--Cut down on all that traffic
--Reduce the pollution and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
--And, yes, increase those of us on public transportation
Public transportation can no longer be only for the less affluent or even thought to be only for them.
We have to realize all the benefits we'd reap from this, too. We can't only think of it as what we would lose. Herewith, just some of those benefits.
--Again, less pollution
--Repeating, less traffic
--Less irritated asthma and respiratory ailments for hundreds of millions across the planet
--Less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere so...
--Less increased global warming and
--Slower human-caused climate change
--Less time wasted sitting in traffic
--Maintaining public transportation is far less expensive than having to maintain all the more singular roads required to keep all this traffic going
We have to learn to live together, we have to learn to work together and yes, we all, all of us, need to learn to travel together. Lots of people across the world have done this.
Now, we all need to.