We place being a public transit user as a big factor in protecting our environment, however we have no place in our education system that gives children the training in how to buy a ticket and get on a bus or train.
Yes, everything, once understood, is simple, but we must provide the experience to gain a comfort, confidence, and agility to use the system. Eco friendly transportation habits are more easily established in youth, so we need to take some of the transportation PR dollars and do less advertising and more experiential training.
Then, the biggest obstacle is making public transportation convenient: Our society has great major bus lines and train routes, however, micro shuttles and trollies that provide easy access to a point of entry are needed before many people, including myself, will step out the door without car keys.
Public transportation needs to be less government (have the users find us) and more entrepenuerial (make services too convenient not to use.) My heart breaks for the lost opportunity as we continue to spend Big Dollars to build transportation "Cadilacs", when we need to spend just a little more money on the "last quarter mile" connections.
The absurdity is that the transportation Gurus have abandoned creativity and decided that people should just live in little boxes near transportation hubs, and are trying to reshape American towns.
Enough is enough ... make the transportation convenient to the people, vs. making the people convenient to the transportation. Here we go again, with a government agency that is trying to deliver solutions to the wrong problem. What happened to the idea of government being a vehicle for people to cooperate, vs. being a tool for the few to dictate? Time for a revolution at the ballot box. Cooperation vs. accumulation of power.
Time for a heart transplant. The patient will survive.
This new thinking can make a real difference.