Public Transportation - Modern Pigstys?
According to MTV3.fi, people use trams, trains and other public transportation as extensions to their living rooms. Public transports are filled with all sorts of rubbish and even bodily fluids. Cleaning them costs a lot of time, effort and money, and this type of behavior is hard to prevent.
Everyone who has ever used public transportation has noticed how filthy and unhygienic trains, trams and sometimes even buses can be. Passengers leave their rubbish, scraps of food and whatnots behind after they have reached their destination and the situation is even worse when alcohol is involved. People spill beer etc. everywhere or even vomit or urinate all over without any consideration to the next passenger.
The purpose of this article is to gather thoughts and ideas on how to make public transportation cleaner and safer, hence more comfortable for passengers and employees.
The most obvious solutions are monitoring and cleaning, however both of these are expensive and elaborate to execute. According to MTV3.fi, cleaning trams already costs circa 150 000 euros a year and monitoring is difficult due to the length of trams and trains. Besides, it is felt that putting a guard in every single tram would not only be expensive but also give an imagine of a police state. It is pointless to try to prevent something that should be taught at home by monitoring.
One solution is public announcements and informative posters but people seem to pay little attention to those already or even tarnish them by writing and jotting on them.
Surely there is a better solution that costs less than 150 000 euros a year! Maybe there will even be enough money left over, that can be used for developing the current public transportation system. Let's not forget that every single cent out of that 150 000 comes from tax payers.
Modified 2011-06-28 08:03:20
Research question: How to keep public transportation clean?