Traveling in Style: The Future of Public Transport
Public transportation is expected to shift and change massively in the next couple of decades. This has always been the case; new technologies have changed how we use public transport many times in the past. But the rate of change could be about to accelerate massively. This could mean big things for how our major cities operate and how people go about their lives each day. Of course, nothing is certain yet. But here’s what the future of public transport could look like.
Speed is always one of the things that are looked at when authorities want to improve public transport arrangements. Few things are more important than how fast people can be taken to where they want to be. When public transport moves faster, the entire city speeds up. It means more people can be catered to because more journeys can be crammed into the day. In America, ultra-fast vacuum tubes that allow pods to be moved at just under the speed of sound are already being made. These would allow them to travel at roughly 740 mph, which is an incredible speed.
Better Tech-Enabled Waiting Facilities
As we all know, using public transport is not just about what happens when you’re on the train or bus. The worst part of the process is often the waiting around that you have to do before the train or bus even arrives. In the future, it’s hoped that tech-enabled waiting facilities will make this much easier. It’s already the case that new stations tend to put a covered walkway and waiting area next to them. But the tech features of the future will be able to display arrival times, and delays in real-time, meaning passengers will know exactly what’s going on.
Self-driving cars have been the headlines in recent times. But many experts believe that rather than each person having a self-driving car, it’s much more likely that this self-driving technology will be used in the arena of public transportation. This would mean that people wouldn’t have to rely on human controls to get them to their destination. These pods would travel on particular lines, removing the safety concerns that come with self-driving cars being present on the road. There would be a much lower chance of collisions, as they would function more like trains, with the flow of pods being externally managed.
Less Traffic in Cities
One of the big consequences of increased public transportation and the improvement in quality is less traffic in cities. Some cities even want to ban cars completely from their central zones. If people can get around faster, cheaper and more easily by using public transport in the future, this dream could become a reality. If people don’t need their own personal vehicles to get around cities in, this could also be massively helpful for the environment. That’s especially true when you consider some of the low-carbon and low-electricity underground trains that were recently trialed in London. The issue of smog and air pollution in major cities would be solved very quickly too.