taxi cabs to an urban commuter or pedestrian and you will hear curses.
This is because these people drive like shit. Rule. There are exceptions.
What the worst part is that these cars are huge. I mean most of
them are the largest Ford and Chevrolet product possible. I have
also seen my share of mini-vans. These cars are almost always occupied
by a single person swallowed up in the back seat. Combine this behaviour
with the ingrained behaviour that people feel entitled to their
private auto space and you get gridlock on the expressways. You
can find this during any rush hour on the Kennedy to O'Hare. Just
look for the cabbies swerving from lane to lane to get a ten-foot
advantage. Certainly this leads to both frayed nerves of the fare,
frazzled drivers continuing getting cutoff and wear and tear on
the cab itself which leads to the need to replace them more often
which leads to more filth spewing junkets on the road as people
snap up these very powerful oversized autos as their own "new" steel
coffins. In major metropolitan downtown spaces we must discourage
the use of these behemoths. You can put 30 people on a train or
bus in the space it takes for just one person to be moved in a cab.
Whether it is sliding, covered sidewalks like you find in airports
or fleets of "smart" cabs it is time for a change. The slidewalk
idea could replace virtually all private automobiles. It will have
to. This or other ideas must be tested and put into use as soon
as possible. Our dependence on oil is an addiction that must be