Skip to main content

View Diary: Global Warming Walk: Five Qs&As with Bill McKibben (86 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  We need convenient mass transit (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, melo, mataliandy, Agathena

    one of the biggest challenges we face is the lack of convenient mass transit in much of the country. When I lived in England, I spent some time outside of London in the small town of Sidcup. Not once did I ever take an automobile into the city. I often took a train and then transferred to a tube, but frequently took a leisurely bus ride taking advantage of the frequent service.

    At my home in Moss Beach, south of San Francisco, there is almost no way to get into the city via mass transit. Every few hours of bus comes by that could slowly inch me toward the BART station in Daly City,  but the schedule is so inconvenient as to make it unusable. There is only very infrequent bus service even from my town into nearby half Moon Bay, so that if I want to do some shopping I have no choice but to get into my car and burn some gas.

    It would not require huge expenditures to establish regular shuttle buses going up and down the coast, serving shoppers, commuters, tourists to our many beaches and parks, and even to our schools since there is no school busing in our area. The roads are jammed each morning with commuters and with parents driving their kids to schools. This is an inexcusable situation. Even if mass transit weren't completely self financing, it would be worth implementing it just to reduce the burden on the environment. But that's not the American way.

    In most of Europe, cars are a means of transportation, not a luxury toy or status symbol. American society is obsessed with cars, replacing them as fashions change and only concerned with gas mileage when the price of gasoline soars.

    In Europe, taxes on gasoline are very high and much of the money is used to offset the damage done by automobiles. If we raised taxes on gasoline and put the money toward mass transit, everyone would have an alternative to jumping in the car.

    As pointed out in the diary, cities are not the big problem here. It's the suburbs that are designed for automobiles rather than mass transit. We can change that, but only if we implement mass transit nationally so that everyone has an alternative to using an automobile for small and inconsequential trips.

    I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

    by MakeChessNotWar on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 08:18:00 PM PDT

    •  Lack of convenient mass transit is a plan (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      melo, RosyFinch

      Street car tracks were ripped up in LA to make sure people would have to use cars. Oil companies and auto companies have been struggling against mass transit for years. That's got to stop. It's true that we need a political solution.

      This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

      by Agathena on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 10:37:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site