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Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit
Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit

By Nicholas Monoyios

The importance of cultivating vibrant and healthy cities is generating more public attention than ever. From swanky social events to helping the homeless, the passion to improve this community is taking all forms. A critical ingredient in the recipe for community success is high quality public transportation.

Many of us who have traveled to bigger cities instantly see the obvious presence of public transportation. From local buses to subways, these routes are the essential blood vessels of urban areas. However, successful, efficient, and effective public transportation in our metropolitan area cannot be seen as a reactive solution solely for relieving busy streets. It is a proactive infrastructure that improves social equity, environmental quality and economic stimulation. Public transportation is sustainability for our community.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

A very apparent component of sustainability is public transportation's environmental impacts. As public transportation ridership and infrastructure continues to increase across the country, so does the reduction in carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, and reliance on local consumption of gasoline. The Rapid is on pace to reach 10,000,000 trips this year, and with an average trip length of 3.5 miles, simple arithmetic immediately realizes the benefits. Grand Rapids is also recognized for its green buildings, including Rapid Central...

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