Your article about the heavy traffic in Austin was nice, but focused too much on Downtown and using smartphones [“Getting off the Road
,” News, June 27].
The young today want to do it all with apps, if they have smartphones, but many people don’t have such phones. This will surprise some people here, but many people actually don’t want to have such phones and don’t waste all their time with Facebook and the like. Who are they? Mostly the elderly, an ever-growing chunk of our population. Of course, many other groups don’t want such phones, either. For example, I’m 41 and just got my iPhone a month ago for business needs.
A better help for the traffic in Austin that nobody seems to mention is increasing the public transportation, like in Mexico, where buses make stops almost anywhere every five minutes or less in big cities, especially Mexico City. Most of their public buses are far smaller than the big ones used in American cities, many of them are just vans! And right-wingers should like this point: Most of those buses are private businesses.