How do you feel about public transport

Advantages of public transport

Germany is one of the countries whose local public transport is extremely well developed. And he has become irreplaceable. It's hard to imagine what it would be like, especially in the big cities, if all passengers suddenly switched to their own car. Chaos would be inevitable. Miles of traffic jams and parking problems during rush hour are already inevitable.

In the past, public transport was a kind of stepchild in the field of mobility. Its target group consisted of people who could not afford a car or who did not yet or no longer had a driver's license. The public transport offer was correspondingly meager. That changed thanks to a green policy based on environmental awareness and sustainability. Compared to local public transport, so-called motorized individual transport (cars, motorcycles, etc.) causes more pollutants, more noise and more interference with the landscape, as more space is required to build roads.

Advantage: cost point

Like everything in life, mobility has its price. Although there are future models that advocate free public transport, it currently does not look as if this plan will be implemented across the board in the foreseeable future. Many convinced drivers claim that they are cheaper to travel by car than by public transport. In doing so, they often make the mistake of only calculating fuel costs. Experts point out that the depreciation of the car as well as costs for insurance, taxes, maintenance and repairs must also be taken into account. Seen this way, a small car costs around 300 euros a month. In the case of a vehicle in the upper mid-range, drivers even have to pay at least 800 euros a month if they drive around 20,000 kilometers a year. The ticket is much cheaper there.

Public transport is much cheaper than having your own car, especially for people who are severely impaired in their mobility. Severely disabled people are entitled to free transport. However, the prerequisite is that one of the following features is listed on the severely disabled ID card:

  • G (handicapped)
  • AG (exceptionally handicapped)
  • H (helpless)
  • Gl (deaf)
  • Bl (blind)

Anyone who can also show the mark B can also bring an accompanying person for free.

Advantage: time

The time it takes to travel by public transport is also often misjudged. Despite delays and waiting times, you can often get to your destination faster by bus or train than by car. Because you are often stuck in traffic jams. While using public transport, it is possible to read a book or the newspaper, write e-mails or work with a laptop. So the time is used wisely. Of course, you can also switch off, look out the window and immerse yourself in meditative relaxation. None of this is possible in a car.

Advantage: security

Accidents with public transport attract a lot of attention. Nevertheless, traveling by bus and train is much safer than with your own car. You don't have to think about whether and how much you can drink without your ability to drive being impaired. And when you drive home dead tired after an excursion or a party, you don't have to gather your last bit of strength to concentrate on driving through the night. If you drive in public, there is a high probability that you will arrive home safely.

Park and Ride

For some, the car-free life is a real option. In practice, however, a healthy mix between car and public transport has proven its worth. Traffic planning has long recognized this and created a system of “broken” traffic with “Park + Ride” (P + R). This offer is aimed primarily at road users in the catchment area of ​​large cities. Drivers drive their cars to a public transport stop, park their vehicle in the P + R parking lot and continue their journey by public transport. That relieves the inner-city traffic enormously.

Since the introduction of the P + R system, the demand has increased enormously, so that many P + R systems have to be expanded in the meantime. Not only commuters benefit from this offer, but also people who go to town to shop or who want to enjoy culture and leisure there. Even those who are not local, for whom the city traffic causes too much stress, appreciate P + R.

Conclusion

Car or public transport? Both have their advantages and disadvantages and it is worthwhile to weigh them against each other on a case-by-case basis. The combination of your own car and public transport is a sensible alternative, especially in rural areas, where local public transport is poorly developed. You can easily travel from your own front door to the next stop in your own car and still enjoy the advantages that public transport offers:

  • You reach your destination with less stress because you don't have to try yourself out in close combat with other road users.
  • You can make good use of the time, especially on longer journeys, by reading a nice book, for example.
  • Using public transport is not only easy on your nerves, but also on the environment.
  • Public transport is safe and often even ...
  • ... cheaper and faster than your own car
Tip: Older people in particular should not underestimate the social aspect of public transport. Take the opportunity to get to know new people on the bus, train, tram, etc. Take the initiative: smile at others and start a conversation.

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