Frank is the host of Truthful Tuesday
If you live somewhere that it’s essential to own a vehicle for day-to-day living, if public transportation where you live were to suddenly be improved to the point that it became a viable alternative to taking your own vehicle, would you still feel the need to own a vehicle? On the flip side, if you do live where there is decent public transportation, do you still find it necessary to own a vehicle?
As kids we would go to school on the school bus. And sometimes when the bus was delayed, we, a few friends would board the public bus and then walk home together. The advantage was that we were living in Islamabad at the time and those were peaceful times.
In medical college, our institute had its own system of picking up the students from hostels and dropping them at the hospital or the college. We had the time of our lives when we traveled to and from our hostel to the college as we friends sat together, had fun and laughed a lot. (Crazy fun)
Fast forward to adulthood and the concept of traveling in public buses was a no-go for women and children. It wasn’t considered safe and would take twice the time it took by private transport. The situation is still the same here and the public transport system is not that good either.
I was in Seattle for the last 5 years and I loved their public transport system. The busses were mostly on time, the routes were so planned that I could go almost everywhere by bus and it was clean and safe. And it was cheaper than owning a car and running it. Besides I got to meet a lot of people from different countries on my travels.
If I was in Seattle, I’d choose to travel by public transport, but in Pakistan, it isn’t a viable option.