The Phantom Voice
the phantom voice
Nowadays, most families in the tri-state area of New York own at least two cars. They use their cars to drive all over to get groceries, go shopping, and to transport them to and from work/school. Personally, my family has always had two or three cars at a time, but I’ve recently questioned it. I was taking the s40 bus from Sayville to Blue Point, and I noticed that there were only about 5 people riding the bus. Given the fact that it was 5:00 on a Friday, I was a bit confused why people don’t take a bus or a train.
On Long Island, there is a big traffic issue, especially during rush hour. On fridays, there is traffic heading out east caused by people going to their weekend home, and others going out to a bar or a restaurant. The first thing that comes to mind in this situation is, why don’t people take the bus or the train? Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the positive aspect of having your own space of your own car, but it also produces many negative affects.
Using public transportation would substantially improve the flow of traffic across the island. Last week, it took 30 minutes to get from Nicolls Road in Blue Point to the Shirley/Mastic exit on Sunrise Hwy, rather than the usual 10-15 minutes. The traffic was so congested and slow that you could see people driving across the median and cutting across oncoming traffic to get to an exit. Considering how dangerous that is, using public transportation could also reduce the amount of major car accidents. Aside from safety and traffic, it is a much faster way to get from point A to B. Trains on the LIRR travel at an average speed of 45mph, which may sound slow, but the train is also cutting straight across land with only few stops to be made.