Since the first publicly owned trolleybus system emerged in Victorian times and the first owner of a horse-drawn carriage began offering his taxi services and founded the first taxi company to compete, private vans and public transportation became They have locked themselves in what can only be described as an eternal struggle for patrons. Here’s what you need to know about the problem, how it affects you, and why a way to move people from one extreme to a major metropolitan area to another might be faster, easier, more reliable, or less expensive.
Cost versus time
One of the main ways to differentiate public transportation from taxi companies is cost. Public transport is usually less expensive than a rental car trip, especially since bus and train fares are always the same for each trip. Also, you can buy a monthly bus pass or train ticket at a discounted price. Meanwhile, when you get into a passenger car, that meter kicks in and keeps running for the entire trip, no matter how many red lights you might hit or what kind of traffic you end up stuck in.
Of course, the trade-off when it comes to public transportation is speed. A bus or train that has to make multiple stops along a set route can be relatively inexpensive, but your journey will be much longer than necessary, especially if your public transportation follows a tortuous route. However, you are likely paying a premium for your trip that gets you to your destination much sooner as a result of driving there directly without stops. If time is of the essence, relying on that option is likely your best option. If you are not concerned about getting there quickly, you may prefer the reduced cost of public transportation.
There is no need to view them as enemies
The idea that taxi companies and public transport such as trains, buses and subways are diametrically opposed to each other is very popular. Things often break down in the “us versus them” mentality, but the truth is, there is no need to view public and private transportation as the opposite. In fact, there is even evidence that many travelers use both regularly; in fact, sometimes even on the same day.
Evidence collected recently in New York City shows that a large number of commuters will either take a private ride to work or one to go home, but not both. Arrival and destination figures for the daily commute at night, compared to the commute in the morning, were found to differ enormously; in other words, the same number of people who ride a taxi to work don’t take personal vans home at the end of the day. Obviously, these people do not sleep in their offices at night, but instead take public transport. In other words, buses, trains, and the ubiquitous taxi are working together to get people to and from work, so why not use – and celebrate – both?