Wilmington must be more accessible – The Seahawk
While most people think they would use an entire day to travel out of town, people who rely on Wilmington’s public transport need to plan their entire day to get somewhere, which is usually only 15 or 20 minutes away. by car. Even then, they only reach the approximate location of their destination. However, some places in or around the city are not even accessible by bus or are only accessible at certain times of the day. In addition, those with their own vehicle are affected by the many stops the bus makes on each route. Not to mention the car exhaust every time cars have to stop and start again. Therefore, this article will explore ways in which the City of Wilmington can improve the public transportation system to better serve all residents of Wilmington and thereby reduce gas emissions to the atmosphere.
Wilmington’s roads weren’t built for the amount of traffic they see these days. As a result, a Cape Fear Community College student who lives in the vicinity of UNCW and relies on the bus system to get to and from downtown has to plan much of their day around transportation. It’s a one hour drive each way. So if this student has a class at 9:00 a.m., that person has to leave their house around 7:30 a.m. just to get downtown in time for class. Also, if the student does not have another class before 2 p.m., the student must stay on campus all day as there is no need to go home and turn around. Likewise, this person cannot have a job while studying at university unless they are in the city center.
However, if the City invested in more buses and routes and provided incentives for those who do not have to rely on public transport to use the network, the roads would not be so absorbed. It would mean a faster commute for everyone. It would also mean that all resources, especially the city center, would be more accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are privileged to have alternative means of transportation.
In addition, the amount of car exhaust would be drastically reduced, which would mean that we would have better air to breathe. All in all, this would help deal with the current global climate crisis we are facing. To further this cause, the city should set up an electric bicycle system where people can rent a bicycle as an alternative means of transportation.
The move would also help people who depend on public transportation and need to find a job close enough to allow them to walk or expect their employer to work with them for their shifts. For example, if a person’s work starts at 7 a.m. but lives on a different route from their work, they will not arrive on time because each route is an hour long and they only start running. ‘at 6 a.m. In this scenario, they must be gone by 6:00 p.m. to be able to use the transportation system to get home. If the employer is unwilling to work with them, they should continue to look for a job. In some cases, people have no choice but to continue to rely on government assistance. Imagine if this e-bike system was in place and the opportunities it would open up for people.
Likewise, the downtown area is one of the social hubs of Wilmington’s nightlife, with the exception of those dependent on the transit system. If so, you have to get home at 6 p.m. to get home before the bus stops at 8 p.m. friends to pick them up and drop them off. This undoubtedly means that many people spend many nights alone in their homes because they are unable to go out and socialize. Unfortunately, this can lead to mental health issues and a feeling of isolation.
Wrightsville Beach, another social hub in Wilmington, is not even accessible for those dependent on the transit system. These people cannot enjoy the beach during the summer or the warm nightlife unless they have alternative means of transportation. Also by expanding the transportation system to Wrightsville Beach, the city will simultaneously help businesses continue to thrive, especially with the recent increase in fees that have been imposed for parking.
That said, the city of Wilmington should radically change its transit system so that everyone has equal opportunities in work and social life. For example, instead of running each route every hour, divide each route into half-hour routes.
Another way to radically improve the system is to have a strictly dedicated bus for passengers going downtown and to the main bus station through Costco. Instead of getting this bus into traffic, let it use the bypass.
Finally, there should be several small buses available downtown on weekends that people can use after normal operating hours. Maybe they’ve set hours throughout the night when people can get on a bus and be driven home. Have different buses for different parts of the city. When a passenger enters their address in the application, it will tell them which bus to take. When the driver is ready to go, they will coordinate the best route with all the stops.
When everyone in a city has the opportunity to thrive, the overall morale of the city will naturally improve.