Task：The best way for the government to solve traffic congestion is to
provide free public transport 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Do you agree or
An effective way for the government to ease traffic congestion is to
encourage the public to take more public transport, but I do question the
feasibility of offering it free 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Theoretically, providing 24 / 7 free public transport could produce some
desirable outcomes. More people would choose to take the subway or the bus and
there might be less dependence on private vehicles. Also, it could make it
especially easier to those financially disadvantaged people. However, the
validity of the policy need to be challenged.
Most countries are operating public transport system as a public service with
governmental subsidy, and therefore free public transport would be financially
impossible. Besides, the efficiency of the system could suffer in early mornings
and at late nights for very few people would actually use public transport,
which is a great waste of public funds.
To solve traffic gridlock, reasonable support for the public transport system
is needed. But instead of making it 24 / 7 free of charge, the availability of
convenient and reliable transport options could be promoted and people need to
be able to afford them. In addition,certain restrictions should be put on
unnecessary car use,for instance short journeys within already congested
areas.More importantly, the government need to implement reasonable city road
plan, because a big proportion of traffic jams are caused by inappropriate road
To conclude 24 / 7 free public transport is far from a valid solution to
resolve traffic congestion in the long run, thus other alternative strategies
need to be considered.