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No money mo’ problems

Public transportation is a common method that almost everyone uses, from kids to the elderly. The current funding for public transportation in California is around five billion dollars. Funds for public transportation should not only be raised but significantly raised. Making it even five and a half billion dollars should be more than enough.

Increasing funding could create the opportunity for more roadside vehicles to be made, buses, taxis, etcetera. Funding would also be used to pay the drivers more. This will be a great help as bus waiting times are often long, ranging from 20 minutes to 40 minutes, now that may not be a problem that is throughout California and the country in general, but it is still a problem that needs to be fixed.

Buses and taxis could also have better tracking, having passengers use mobile apps to track the vehicles and find how far they are. Buses could also be modified to incorporate debit and credit cards, some buses already accept cards, but more buses should incorporate card pay.

Shifting from roadside to railroad vehicles, trains, and subways could use the funding to improve railroads with safety cautions added to railroads and try to install renewable energy for powering trains. The extra funding could also be used to create railroad tracks using recyclable materials.

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The excess funding could be used to give vehicles a polish. Some buses, trains, and subways give off an unnerving atmosphere, especially since they share a simple, one-color design. I’m not talking about a full remodel of the entire vehicle, but a simple paint job and a possible light interior change.

While increasing funding will do good, the way the extra funding is spent depends on the interest of the government or the people. The spending would also depend on which method of transportation requires the most improvement. The important part is that if public transportation had more funds, it would be put into helpful resources and changes.

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Adrian Vargas, Staff Writer
The young-looking Adrian Vargas is a senior at Hart High School. This is his first and last year being part of The Smoke Signal. He enjoys biking in his free time, and he also tends to draw and/or scribble. He's usually reserved to himself and his friends, but when he gets comfortable he lets his personality out. Some people say he looks Filipino, but he's actually Mexican.
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