In a city like Chicago, most of the times it is more efficient to take public transportation to get around than to drive everywhere. Along with the CTA system, we also have the Amtrak and Metra trains that are accessible in the city and outside city limits. These methods of transportation are not only more time efficient, but more sustainable. Looking outside of the train window going to school, or coming home from school, all I ever see is congested highways and irritated drivers. They have a face that says “no matter how many extra minutes I give myself, I am always late.” Well I share their same aggression, because not only are they not getting where they need to be on time but they are causing major damage to the environment while doing it.
According to Web Forum”Vehicular traffic congestion – and the air pollution that results from it – comes at great monetary and human cost. In the 83 largest urban areas of the United States alone, the time and fuel wasted by congestion has been valued at 60 billion USD.”Now I don’t know about you, but I am sure that everyone is not fond of wasting money but that is exactly what is happening when you are stuck in a traffic jam.
This is where the idea of car sharing comes in. Companies like Uber,Lyft, and Zipcar are prime examples of how you can get rid of congestion by not driving and using one car for a number of people. Applications on smartphones, which is the platform that is used most often to order these services, are getting more advanced and able to operate in real time, this will help people share their car with anyone in their community instead of having their car sit and take up space. This will eliminate the amount of cars on the road. This urban innovation targets the environment by helping reduce pollution levels in the air.. This will save people money because they don’t have to buy their own car and they are not throwing money away in traffic jams. Sometimes it can be more cost efficient than public transportation. Energy is saved by burning less fossil fuels because there are less cars being used, the development of hybrid and electric cars also helps. Overall health and social equity is also targeted by this innovation because it is thinking of our environment for the future and making sure that we, along with our children and their children have a stable, sustainable environment.