Make the green choice the easy choice

I was flying out of the Asheville airport at 4:19 p.m. My wife couldn’t drive me so I decided to investigate taking the bus. This is what I found out.

I had to walk to the Patton/Haywood stop to catch the 1:26 p.m. bus to get to the station at 1:56 p.m. Then I would take the 2:30 p.m. bus to the airport arriving at 3:30, where I would wait an hour for my flight.

Does this seem a little excessive to anyone? What if I worked at the airport? I would have to have a six-hour commute for a grand total of 40 miles. The Asheville environment is indirectly telling me to drive there in my car alone, park my car at the airport for five days and then drive home alone. None of these options are green or economically beneficial to me. It is not fair to expect the Asheville community to take public transportation when the deck is stacked against them.

We need to make the easy choice the healthy/economical/green choice. And Asheville is doing this! The new large recycling bins, the greenway along Broadway, the bike lanes around the city. (Now I just need to get a shower at my work place!)

— Mark Strazzer

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