Sustainabile Transportation System
TJD 02 - 02 - 2010

Cities around the world have been developing transportation systems that are more environmentally efficient. Some of these systems include light rail and high speed, electric buses, and bicycle sharing. The enhancement with these vital urban transportation systems will improve the lives of society for generations to come. Europe has been developing the use of light rail systems for growing communities. This system is an economical solution to the congestion in cities throughout Europe. To begin with, light rail systems require a major initial investment. On the contrary, there are less maintenance costs than carbon burning vehicles. Further, light rail systems have the ability to transport high volumes of people. People also have a sense of assurance they will arrive at their destination as scheduled. High speed rail systems across Europe comprise of a major transportation market share. To begin with, the system is more reliable and affordable than air flight. A majority of high speed systems across Europe operate on electric power. As a result, this reduces carbon emissions. Electric bus systems as seen in Rome, Italy are another method of developing sustainable transportation systems. Also, this investment can have a return on investment in a short period. This system operates on a system of electric lines above roadways. As a result existing streets do not need to be retrofitted. Barcelona, Spain has a bike sharing system. The network allows users to commute throughout the city. Station points are established within a predefined district. People are given a grace period of using the bicycle for free. After a grace period, a minimal fee is assessed. This program ensures there is an incentive to return the bicycle to a station. Also, the bike sharing system also promotes the use of exercise. In addition to the bike sharing program, pedestrian corridors also promote the use of sustainable development. These corridors can be designed to link with major points of interest within the community. Also, these systems also integrate a variety of circulation systems. This includes lanes dedicated for bicycle use, walking, and jogging. Most importantly, these pedestrian networks reduce the urban heat island effect. This is the result of designing vegetation to create to create microclimates. Also, vegetation controls storm water by filtering impurities. Vegetation also greatly reduces the amount of excess water on city streets. The future of Europe contends on further advancement of sustainable systems. These systems will reduce congestion in urban environments and improve the quality of life. On the contrary, the United States needs development plans of these systems for future growth. These transportation methods will be influential towards of path of economic prosperity. Top Right Image: A plan and section of a light rail and pedestrian corridor. The diagram also illustrates how there is a lower dependence of personal vehicles. Bottom Right Image: A light rail system in Montpelier, France. Also, rail corridor demonstrates how there can be mixed uses. For instance, pedestrians and vehicles can utilize the artery.

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