Many people who are looking for a way to save money can look no further than where they sit everyday. People who live in rural or suburban areas often have the option of public transportation, at least for the daily commute to work. There are many advantages of using public transportation.
First of all is cost. If you compare the costs for buying petroleum, parking spaces and maintenance of the cars with the costs for getting in a bus or train, you will find that an Octopus card is far more economical. If you live in an urban area and use the buses or trains as your primary transportation source, you will save even more on car payments, insurance and repairs. In addition, many public bus and mini-bus systems have sectional payment, which will cost you cheaper if you just ride a short distance, such as a several stops.
Convenience is the next advantage. Most trains and buses run on a set schedule that you can expect your commuting time around. You do not need any more roaming around, look for parking or sitting in traffic. You just simply get off the bus or train when you arrived at your destination. Some of people may say that buses and trains take longer than driving, but if you consider that driving is a kind of wasting of time, then, you should better spend reading or relaxing while leaving the process of driving to someone else.
Have anyone ever thought that using public transports could reduce the problems caused by the man-made pollutants? Consider how many large suburban vehicles and trucks you see, were inhabited by just one or two people. Everyone who is taking his or her own vehicle is causing some individual pollution, such as the carbon monoxide given out from the vehicles due to the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons and, of course, the Earth does not need any extra of that.
Moreover, many public transportations systems like trains or trams do not cause the same energy waste and air pollution problems. Another then the aspect of pollution, non-renewable energy supply is also a serious problem. Petroleum is a kind of non-renewable fuel. Thus, before we discovered out a useful renewable fuel, we have to decrease the use of petroleum by not driving private transports unless we were in emergency. Therefore, riding public transports can also be another way of protecting the Earth, our nature.
One objection to riding public transports may be that a person has children to transport. Many find it easier to look after a bunch of kids while seated on a train or bus than constantly trying to keep an eye on what is going on in the back seat while trying to drive. This will help to reduce the rate of having accidents caused by paying not enough attention on the roads.
Public transportation is very common in Hong Kong. However, Hong Kong people like to drive their own cars to show off themselves. As a result, Hong Kong government should do more to encourage people to use the public transports, instead of their own cars, by starting with the officers themselves. Please do NOT refuse to use the public transports.