Commuters concerned with time and price, not pollution

By Jeffrey Outterbridge
November 13, 2003

Angelina Wagner

Reports show that car pollution is the biggest source of air pollution in most cities. It seems that now more people are buying trucks and sports utility vehicles instead of the standard ordinary cars. Trucks and SUV’s omit 30 percent. more toxic pollutants than a car. Car pollution contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming.

Cabrini has an extremely high commuter rate. Most of the students live in the surrounding area and find it more affordable to drive to school than to live on campus.

“I only live about 15 minutes away from the school. Its no point for me to spend that extra money when I am still so close to home,” Heather Davis, a junior commuter, said. “When I first brought my car the only thing I looked at was the price.”

Other students, like Reyna Calel, use public transportation instead of driving. “By taking the train, I don’t have to get stuck in three hours of traffic and miss my classes,” Calel said. Trains are able to hold more people and that means less people on the road. Fewer cars on the road, means less air pollution. “I am sort of an environmentalist, taking the train is less pollutant than a car,” Calel said.

There are many different ways to suppress air pollution. Some car companies have cars that run on electricity. With an electric car the fuels and pathogens omitted by the exhaust would be eliminated. Truck companies could run their trucks at night so that during rush hour the truck is not sitting in traffic blowing toxic smoke in the air. Also, dedicated bus lanes and vehicles with three or more passengers would cut car pollution drastically.

Posted to the web by Angelina Wagner

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