I was reading a post elsewhere in the DHP about travel. I know that I've asked the question before about planes versus boats and which is more efficient. But as I drove home today I had another thought:
Some members have declared that they sold their cars and are now making use of public transport, cycling and walking wherever possible. I can certainly agree with the cycling and walking on earth impact... but is public transport actually better than having your own car?
Unfortunately most public transport infrastructures only mostly get you where you want to be and you will need to finish the route off yourself. By car of course, you can go right to the doorstep.
Public transport doesn't always run 24/7 - which can be annoying if you are delayed past the last bus or train
The buses and trains are run irrespective of how many people actually use them - and by using the system you are effectively justifying the operator to run the service (even if you only went to Aunt Maud's every 6 months). For local trains, they use huge amounts of electricity along the length of the line - and there will always be at least 2 empty sections of track between trains (as a safety buffer).
I agree that there is a need to consider if the journey is really necessary; we should also consider whether we actually need the Land Rover or Bentley to get to the shops - but is it actually better to do away with our private transport?