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Opinion: Transportation choices matter in the fight against climate change

时间:2021-11-14 16:29:03  作者:  点击:

Opinion: Transportation choices matter in the fight against climate change


As Austin continues to explode in growth, so do the number of cars on our roads. Based on U.S. Census data, 184 people are moving to Austin each day and the growth is not expected to slow anytime soon. To combat this congestion, Austin voters passed two mobility propositions last November. Both of these propositions financially support Project Connect, an all-encompassing transportation project that includes a new rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that makes everyone's trip faster, an expanded bus system and a transition to an all-electric fleet.



While promising, its immediate impact is limited because construction will take at least nine years to complete. Project Connect is also limited because Austin is a car-dependent city. In a recent survey among Austin college students, the St. Edward’s University Civics Lab found that over 60% of students use cars as their sole means of transportation. This is a problem and it is not limited to just college students.



If I have a car, why would I want to take public transportation? The Civics Lab has a few good reasons for taking public transportation:



The first is efficiency. We all experience Austin traffic frustration. Taking the bus alleviates a lot of that frustration. A few weeks ago, the Civics Lab rode the bus from St. Edward’s to downtown Austin. I was expecting the bus to be delayed and take up much more time. With timeliness and dedicated bus lanes, we approached downtown Austin smoothly and quickly.





The second is affordability. Bus passes may be the cheapest option for St. Edward's students. The university offers free bus passes for students living on campus. For commuter students, there is a 35 percent discount. On top of that, you can also pay for the bus pass with a Topper Tender debit account.

第二点原因便是花费。公交车出行对于圣爱德华大学的学生来说是最经济的出行方式。学校会为住宿生提供免费的公交车服务,对于走读生仅收取百分之六十五的费用。除此之外,他们还可以通过Topper Tender借记账户来支付费用。


The last is sustainability. The climate crisis is nothing new to our generation. We have been handed a world that is facing significant challenges. It is our job to make choices that consider the planet and future generations. This means rethinking how we get around. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Cities with substantial public transit can reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons yearly, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.



The Civics Lab is asking you to rethink your relationship with transportation in terms of its efficiency,affordability, and sustainability. We think it’s time for Austinites to get serious about our own transportation choices.



This week, we are challenging Austin residents to keep the car in the garage and take an alternative form of transportation, at least one time. When you do, post a picture of that trip to Twitter or Instagram and tag us with #toppertransit, so that we can work together and take more responsibility in this fight against climate change.


                                                                                                                                                     来源:Austin American-Statesman


                          作者:David Thomason and Desi Tsacalis