Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Urban and intercity public transport
I read an article by Jeffrey Sachs. He talked about the opportunity to rebuild the global economic system to be sustainable. This is to protect the environment and avoid wastage in the use of resources.
A key recommendation is to develop urban and intercity public transport to reduce the reliance on private cars for travel. Many cities are over-congested with private cars.
I like this idea. Cities should be efficient public transport. Make it easy for the people to move around in safe, clean and comfortable public transport. People will prefer this mode of travel, rather than private cars.
Many people buy private cars and bear with the high cost, due to lack of convenient public transport. I hope that the Government will recognise this deficiency, and give top priority to develop public transport.
Public transport can be charged on a marginal cost. They should not have to pay road, ERP and other taxes. With this special advantage, many people will find it more economical to use public transport.
It will be win-win for the people and environment, greater efficiency and protection of the environment.
Tan Kin Lian