Saturday, 7 November 2015

Chit Chat: Passenger Transportation Trends 2015

Overcrowded cities and increasing urban sprawl due to overpopulation has resulted in multiple issues for the transportation industry.  If this trend continues, people will become even more reliant on cars, especially in emerging markets. 

The amount of cars on the road is predicted to reach 3 billion by 2035. Congestion will become more of a problem resulting in loss of time and eroding GDP. Pollution, accidents and noise will all cause more problems and this may leave scars on local communities.

To cope with this increase, governments will need to focus on passenger transportation. Mass transit must be improved and upgraded to ensure governments get the most out of their investments. The mass transit needs to attract commuters but currently it is failing in many cases. Passengers deal with overcrowding, delays and long routes that are not ideal. One of the reasons for this is the routes are no longer relevant to the modern age. Modernising routes and upgrading transport will bring in essential improvements for the government and the commuters.

Another challenge is making passengers alter the way they use transportation and spread out their commuting hours. The change of hours will remove some of the demand in the peak periods. In order for this to work, employers need to be willing to stagger work days and change working hours so that the employees arrive at different times. Flexible hours need to be provided and school times staggered along with extending shopping hours.

Pricing will need to be established. At the moment the cost of using transportation doesn’t cover the cost of supplying the service. Aligning future supply and demand may require real costs that will be able to create a network that is sustainable.

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