January 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm #160871
Practice 22: The best way for governments to solve the problem of traffic congestion is providing free public transport in 24 hours per day, and seven days a week.
To what extent do you agree or disagree? ( ver 2)
It is often argued that the best solution to traffic problems is to provide public transport system free of charge all the time. However, this opinion is flawed for a number of reasons.
Perhaps the main reason is that governments should take the effectiveness of the suggestion into consideration. Firstly, it is unnecessary to offer free public transport every hour and every day for the reason that traffic congestion only happens in rush hours due to the suddenly increasing number of commuters. Therefore, it would be a waste of money for governments to supply free service for the rest of the day. Secondly, there is a refusal attitude among people when it comes to travel by public transport. For instance, it is very time-consuming or even makes people become the victim of sexual harassment. As a result, people might have a continuous tendency to choose to travel by personal vehicles over free public transport.
Furthermore, there are more effective and feasible measures to tackle this problem rather than drawing up a new timeable for public transport. For example, governments should make greater investments in rural areas to create employment opportunities for the locals, which eventually discourages people from migrating into city centers. In addition, it is an indisputable fact that traffic congestion is attributed to not only the vast amount of private transport but also road systems. Hence, national budget should be spent solely on upgrading infrastructures as well.
In conclusion, while a free public transport system may at first seem to be a good solution to traffic jam, I believe that governments should not adopt it because of its cost and the availability of more practical options.
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