Just thinking. It seemed many residents of New Orleans were stranded and unable to evacuate for lack of a car. Actually, they were stranded for lack of transportation. Ever see pictures of cities around the world with large poor populations and crowded streets? What are many of those people using to get around? Vehicle one is the bicycle, vehicle two is the small displacement motorcycle or motor scooter. The largest segment of the motorcycle market worldwide is the 100cc to 125cc segment.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone promoted basic vehicle ownership at that level for families with no vehicle at all? Think of the benefits. Some families are unable to find work for lack of transportation, a basic people mover would solve that problem. Once employed they could eventually move up to a used car if they desired. No one needs to float a bond issue, convince everyone the system is necessary and hire architects and engineers to build a subway or train to be available years in the future, you just get people to buy basic transportation. Vehicles on that level are very inexpensive so cost is not an issue and if a family can’t afford even that, some form of assistance payments could be directed toward transportation and would be far cheaper than a new mass transit system. Perhaps a pilot project could test its feasibility. Encourage them to take care of it, maintain it and lock it up when not in use and then see what happens.
This is a direct action answer to a problem that cuts through the hype. If transportation is the problem, there’s the fix. Just a thought.