It truly baffles me that Congress has decided to allocate such a large sum in the recent infrastructure bill towards local mass-transit systems. How is it not seen that ridesharing trumps mass-transit in every possible way (except in SOME cases, price)? Transhumanist policy means ruthlessly advocating usage of our public funds be based on sound reasoning and judgment. As the necessity of congregating in centralized office buildings becomes both unnecessary (due to remote work) and dangerous (due to COVID and any other unforeseen pandemics), mass transit needs to be phased out in favor of ridesharing.
1. Point-to-Point: No going out of your way and taking odd connecting lines between different systems that take you out of the route. This is an era where technology needs to serve us, not vice-versa, and that means direct connections. Leave hub-and-spoke to airlines (until we have personal jets)
2. More convenient: You can summon a vehicle when *you* are ready to go, instead of having to build a schedule around when the mass-transit system is operating. Most vehicles spend 95% of their time parked anyway.
3. Faster: no frequent stops to let more passengers on/off the vehicle.
4. Safer: not having to walk to and from a stopping point means less time in the open, which may or may not be a concern in larger cities. You are also less susceptible to the spread of disease when not congregating in one large, enclosed space with dozens of others.
5. More environmentally friendly: Buses take a huge amount of fuel and are often running at only partial capacity. This is an issue all transhumanists should consider, as the climate situation is becoming more urgent.
There used to be a concept called “creative destruction” in the economy, wherein a dying industry was allowed to let die, and we need to revitalize this principle. Imagine how bizarre it would seem to be subsidizing telegram delivery services in 2021. Well, allocating public funds for (now) inefficient methods of transportation is just as bizarre.
The sudden plunge in ridership during the pandemic led, of course, to calls for “emergency” funding: (https://www.apta.com/wp-content/uploads/APTA-SURVEY-BRIEF-COVID-19-Transit-Agency-Funding-07.29.2021.pdf). Why was Blackberry not granted emergency funding when sales of their eponymous device declined? Because of the lack of “emergency” funding for that company (despite facing the same consequences of lack of revenue, layoffs, etc.), they were forced to restructure their organization and transform into a successful cybersecurity company, providing a service that is extremely critical to a Transhumanist future. Public transit should have to do the same.
We should not be mired down with hokey ideals of helping the underprivileged when a better system exists for those of *any* amount of means. Perhaps not making the underprivileged transit experience an hour-long ride in what smells like a trashcan 5 days per week could be a good start. If funding is needed to continue to support that population segment, let it be appropriated from one less technologically and logistically sound.