Some people think the best way to solve traffic congestions in cities is to provide free public transport 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
一些人认为在城市中解决交通拥堵的最好方法是提供每天 24 小时,每周 7 天的免费公交,你是否同意?
- traffic block 交通拥堵
- relieve 减轻
- fossil fuel 化石能源
- private car 私家车
- ownership 拥有率
- utilization rate 使用率
- passenger flow 客流
- traffic paralysis 交通瘫痪
- financial burden 财政负担
- all-rounded 全面的
- by-effects 副作用
- car-purchasing tax 购车税
- congestion fee 拥堵费
- travelling cost 出行成本
Traffic congestion has become one of the most perturbing issues of modern society. A number of measures are being enacted to address such problem, someone claims that a whole day (24 hours) free public transportation system is a decent idea, while this is not the case.
There is no denying that this method, to a certain extent, could relieve the serious traffic pressure. Due to the soaring price of fossil fuel,the appearance of the free public transportation would enable most people to no longer prefer to drive their private cars considering the travelling cost.Additionally,if the urban public transportation system is convenient enough,the number of people who would like to purchase a private automobile will decrease significantly.Hence,this policy could effectively control the ownership and the utilization rate of automobile thereby alleviating the traffic block.
However, the image will be extremely different if people switch their perspective since this measure would bring a series of negative influence.The decreasing utilization rate of private cars means the increasing pressure of public transportation simultaneously. In the context of such situation,it is hard for the current facilities to bear the soaring passenger flow,it may cause not only the paralysis of the whole system, but also growing numbers of traffic accidents.
Moreover,to maintain the operation of public transportation system,government has to provide those related companies with more subsidies.For short-term development, it will bring government heavier financial burden,and what is worse, in the long run,the development of various other social areas including education, social welfare and technological research will be negatively affected since the funding allocated to these sectors will be cut,which will inevitably prevent the all-rounded social advancement.
In summary, even though this suggestion could enhance the traffic circumstances, while, considering its by-effects above, several other schemes might be regarded as better options comprising levying higher car-purchasing tax or congestion fee during rush hours