Jacksonville is not known to have an excellent public transportation system. The city doesn’t have the extensive mass transit system such as light rail or subway like the one in New York. Bus routes are also somehow limited as the city lacks cross-town bus routes. On the other hand, the city’s transportation infrastructure favors the use of cars as it ranked 10th in freeway lane miles per 1,000 population. Although public transportation is not one of Jacksonville’s strength, the city has a lot of public transportation system for the commuters. Should you opt to leave your car and commute, there are a lot of options for you to consider.
One of the reasons why people don’t want to commute is the hassle and the inconvenience of riding buses or trains. In spite of the difficulty of taking public transportation, it has a lot of benefits that are worth considering.
Public transport users are more active.
They do three times more physical activity per day than those who do not (about 19 minutes versus six) just walking to and from the stops. The US Centers for Disease Control recommends 22 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, such as walking at an agile pace (or 150 minutes per week). Keeping active helps to reduce the risk of many serious diseases such as carcinoid, vascular, Cerebral, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and back problems, depression, etc.
Collectives are safer than individual vehicles.
Collective accidents have a lower mortality rate than car accidents, which in the United States are responsible for approximately 40,000 deaths per year. Visiting public transport significantly reduces that threat.
Transportation recreates stress.
It improves access to schools and workplaces, which in turn leads to better long-term economic opportunities. In fact, 12% of public transport users go to schools and colleges and almost 60% go to work. It also allows easy access to social and recreational activities.
Collectives keep the air cleaner.
It is estimated that pollution causes as many deaths per year as traffic accidents. However, buses (especially newer ones to diesel or electric ones) produce less pollution than passenger cars using advanced technologies and higher standards. In 1992-2009 (always in the United States) buses that are alternative fuels (like natural gas) grew from 2 to 30%.
Using public transportation saves money.
This means that the total transportation expenses of an individual constitute less than 20% of his household finances. Payments related to auto, fuel, and parking can be a heavy burden on the budget. The savings of using public transportation frees up money to improve life, buy better food and pay for medical services.
There are more benefits of using public transport system but these benefits should be enough to make you reconsider taking buses and other public transportation vehicles.