The Next Time...

The next time you get angry with another driver, think about how much safer the roads would be if everyone rode public transportation.

The next time you are inconvenienced by orange barrels, think of how much less road maintenance would be needed if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you have to wait through the same light twice in order to make a left turn, imagine how many fewer vehicles would be on the road if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you refueling cost exceeds $20, think about how much more cost effective public transportation would be.

The next time you see a rescue vehicle assisting someone who has been in a car accident, think about how few of these there would be if everyone rode public transportation.

For those of you living in urban areas, the next time you have to turn on the air conditioning at night, think about the fact that excessive pavement absorbs heat during the day and radiates it all night long. Think about how much less roadway would be needed if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you are stranded without a vehicle, consider the fact that you would never be stranded if everyone used public transportation.

The next time your car breaks down, think about the fact that you would never need to visit a mechanic if everyone rode public transportation.

For those of you in school, the next time you are driving to class, consider the fact that you could have spent that time studying if you could have used public transportation.

The next time you need to conduct an extensive search for a parking space, consider how little parking space would be needed if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you are gouged at a parking meter or parking garage, consider that you would never have to spend money on parking again if everyone used public transportation.

The next time it rains, think about how much rain runs along the roads, picking up pollutants and eventually seeping into the groundwater. Consider how much less oil would end up on the road if everyone used public transportation.

For those of you who are very poor, the next time you wonder how you will afford to replace your vehicle, consider the fact that that particular question would never plague you again if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you write a check to your automobile insurance company, consider how much better it would be if that money were spent on public transportation.

The next time you forego intoxication because you need to drive home, consider that inebriation wouldn't be a problem if you had access to public transportation.

The next time you cough from air polluted by automobile exhaust, consider how much less air pollution there would be if everyone used public transportation.

The next time you are ripped off by a dishonest mechanic, consider the benefits of public transportation.

The next time you drive on an expressway, imagine a bullet train blasting down the median strip.

The next time you see a semi-truck hauling a trailer down the expressway, ask yourself what sinister forces destroyed the railroads.

The next time your legs are cramped from spending too much time in a small vehicle, consider that there is plenty of leg room on a bus or train. There's even some room to get up and move around.


Alan Wescoat