The traffic situation in big cities.

The traffic situation in big cities.

  • Measures to improve the traffic situation. - Is the current public
    transport system adequate for the real necessities in big cities ?.
  • Do you find the reduction of taxes for users of public transportation appropriate in
    order to improve the current situation ?. Why or why not?.

The traffic situation in many big cities is becoming a big problem and in others cities already is a big problem. Nowadays there are cities where the population is very high and very concentrated. Each member of any family wants to have their own car in order to go to the work, to go shopping, and so on. Many times I think that there are people who could not live without a car. These people use the car almost to go to the bathroom. As well as, it is usual to use the car everyone at same time, for instance in the morning when we have to go to the work, when we have to take the children to the school, also in the evening when we return from the work, when the weekend starts and many people leave the city to go to the house country, etc. All of these situations that I mentioned above, they make a lot of jams where we lose the control, we become like wild animals and therefore we arrive late to the place where we want to go.
All of these problems, from my point of view, I think that we could reduce them if we change our habits of driving our car in order to go to any place. In the following paragraphs I am going to mention some measures that would improve the traffic situation.

First we have to use more often the public transport. This is the best solution. Also I would recommend to walk a little more or to ride a bicycle. I know that in many cities do not have a proper public transport system, and in this case the unique solution it is the government make an investment to improve the public transport.

On the other hand, there are cities which they have a good public transport system but this is very expensive. My opinion is if the authorities reduce the taxes for users of public transportation, the people will use more the buses, underground, etc, because they save money and many times is more comfortable. Also the authorities should encourage to use the public transportation and to increase the taxes to the people who use their own vehicles to move into the city.

To sum up, I have to say that we have to be conscious with this problem and it is in our hands to reduce the use of our car every day.

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Hi Lighgun,

I am reading your essay aloud and making comments as I go:

The traffic situation in many big cities is becoming a big problem and in others cities already is a big problem. Nowadays there are cities where the population is very high and very concentrated. Each member of any family wants to have their own car in order to go to the work, to go shopping, and so on. Many times I think that there are people who could not live without a car. These people use the car almost to go to the bathroom. As well as, it is usual to use the car everyone at same time, for instance in the morning when we have to go to the work, when we have to take the children to the school, also in the evening when we return from the work, when the weekend starts and many people leave the city to go to the house country, etc. All of these situations that I mentioned above, they make a lot of jams where we lose the control, we become like wild animals and therefore we arrive late to the place where we want to go.
All of these problems, from my point of view, I think that we could reduce them if we change our habits of driving our car in order to go to any place. In the following paragraphs I am going to mention some measures that would improve the traffic situation.

First we have to use more often the public transport. This is the best solution. Also I would recommend to walk a little more or to ride a bicycle. I know that in many cities do not have a proper public transport system, and in this case the unique solution it is the government make an investment to improve the public transport.

On the other hand, there are cities which they have a good public transport system but this is very expensive. My opinion is if the authorities reduce the taxes for users of public transportation, the people will use more the buses, underground, etc, because they save money and many times is more comfortable. Also the authorities should encourage to use the public transportation and to increase the taxes to the people who use their own vehicles to move into the city.

To sum up, I have to say that we have to be conscious with this problem and it is in our hands to reduce the use of our car every day.

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Thanks.