There is an ongoing battle between which form of transportation is ultimately the best. Should we take the train or the bus or our own car? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to go with a taxi? All of these questions and no answers. Allow us to shed some light on the differences and benefits between taking public transportation vs taking your own car.
Petrol in our country is extremely expensive and touches every South African’s pocket so naturally we are all looking for the cheapest way to get from point A to point B. It all depends on where you would like to go, whether to a holiday destination or to and from work.
Car? Driving solo and filling up the tank is a heavy burden on one’s salary and within a week or so; you are going to have to fill up again. However, if you drive with a companion or two, and you share the money then the price isn’t too harsh. Toll fees are also another negative affect which can swallow drivers’ money.
Bus? Take the bus is essentially commuting instead with hundreds of other people who all pay for their respective tickets meaning paying for petrol is much easier and tickets are sold at much cheaper prices.
You pay for one return ticket and you are set for your trip to and from your destination, no filling up the tank or buying another ticket. Passengers do not have to pay toll fees either.
No one will dispute the fact that the crime rate in this country is a problem. Safety therefore plays a vital role when we consider which form of transportation to take.
Car? There are both benefits and negatives to driving alone. You aren’t sharing the vehicle with strangers yes, but travelling on your own makes you vulnerable to thieves or worse characters, especially at night.
When you get tired during long journeys, you will have to pull over at the nearest accommodation or risk sleeping in your car somewhere beside the road.
Bus? While some might find it uncomfortable travelling with a bus full of strangers, it can be advantageous in that there are a lot of witnesses and activity throughout the day and night. If you feel tired, you can just snuggle down and have a nap while still moving towards your destination.
Although some passengers may get rowdy, public transport in general isn’t as terrible as most people make it out to be.
Impact on the environment
These days many of us are obsessed with saving the ozone layer and diminishing the threat of global warming hanging over our heads. Gas emissions play a major role in causing global warming so we are all looking for smarter, greener ways to travel.
Car? We see many cars stuck in traffic with only one person driving in it and we all know that more cars on the road leads to larger the gas emissions.
So, unless you start inviting two or more people from work to ride with you, travelling alone in a car just isn’t very practical.
Bus? Your average bus can seat up to fifty people or more. That’s fifty plus fewer cars on the road and all of these people travel with only one trip’s gas emissions in a go affecting our environment.
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Public Transport Vs Private Transport
Most of us know using public transport is better for the environment and can even offer a cheaper and quicker route. But in reality the number of cars on the road is continuing to rise. So what is it that’s stopping people from ditching the more expensive not to mention less green, private forms of transport that we see on the road? We look at the pros and cons of both forms of getting from A to B…
Public Transport – A Greener Form of TravelIf you want to do your bit for the environment, getting public transport and leaving the car at home is one of the most straightforward things to do. As you will see below, it can be more convenient, quicker, and cheaper to do so. And the green benefits are great too. Car journeys contribute a significant amount of our overall carbon footprint. According to the Energy Saving Trust nearly half of us use a car to drive short journeys, journeys that could otherwise be completed in another, more sustainable way.
ConvenientThe great thing about public transport is that it gets you where you want to be, when you want to be there, particularly in cities and towns. Rather than only being able to drive to a certain point before getting stuck in a one way system, you can reach your central point directly. Plus you get the bonus of sitting back, relaxing with a newspaper and letting someone else do the driving.
QuickerDespite their tendency to get delayed at times, in the majority of instances, your journey from A to B will be quick and often direct as more and more investment is made into new train, tram and bus routes across the UK.
CheaperContrary to popular belief, nearly all forms of public transport pose less of a cost to the traveller. If you’re regularly visiting a place, or planning a trip in advance, you can get season tickets or advance booked tickets for a cheaper price. The cost of running a car goes much further than the mere cost of petrol, which in itself can be very expensive in the UK. Getting on public transport means no congestion charges, car insurance and tax costs, plus eradicates the expense of maintaining your car to a high standard.
No ParkingOne of the most frustrating things about driving a car or motorbike is the hunt for a parking space once you arrive at your destination. Parking is often scarce, and usually expensive. The bonus of getting on public transport is being able to alight and nothing else. Parking can often add extra time to your driving journey.
Public Transport – ConsOn the other hand, public transport hasn’t always had the best of reputations. According to government survey, many cite the following reasons for not using a public transport option more often:
- Ticket prices are rising
- Poor customer service
- Rush hour inconvenience
- Delays and unreliability
Private Transport – Not Clean or GreenThe downside to public transport means that cars and motorbikes can, at times, be more flexible and offer an easier form of travel in the eyes of the commuter or traveller. However the green credentials are far less than attractive for anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. And on the whole, there is a realistic public transport alternative to driving. The biggest challenge is changing our preconceptions.
According to a survey commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust, we drive on more unnecessary journeys then most other European nations, an extra three billion miles compared to the French. Even trying out a train or bus even once or twice a week – be it to the supermarket or the shops – will reduce this carbon footprint.
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Adamrobertk - Your Question:
This is why I choose my car over public transport.Getting to work for 7am and leaving at 3pm (average times, used public for 5 years, car for 2)Public transport - 5 minute walk to bus stop, 20 minute bus to the town center, 10 minute wait, 20 minute bus to near my work, 10 minute walk to work. 65 minutesLeaving at 3 - 10 minute walk to bus stop, 20 minutes to town, 15 minute wait for connection, 20 minutes to near home, 5 minute walk - 70 minutesCar - 20 minutes to work30 minutes home after work.Total public transport time - 2 hours 15 minutesCar - 55 minutesIf public transport can reduce that time difference to under 1 hour 20 mins and improve reliability, I'll happily take public transport as the cost saving makes it viable. However the extra time saved by the car across all journeys makes it way more practical.
Our Response:Yes, unless you live in or around London, or in the middle of another major city, public transport is not usually feasible simply because of the time it takes, the availability of it at all and the lack of reliability. (Sometimes it's actually more expensive too).
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EvaPilot1 - Your Question:
I have to question where you say it's cheaper to ride the bus. It might have been that way before, and it definitely makes sense that it should be cheaper with economies of scale, but £5.60 a day to get to work and back is ridiculous.
Our Response:You're right, public transport is becoming more expensive especially if you put a cost on your own time (it's rarely quicker than a car unless there's a bus stop right outside your house). We will take a look at the article soon and make revisions if necessary.
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