Public transit benefits Metroplex

Many students already take advantage of the shuttle between Worth Hills and the Student Center, but taking the T to other destinations in the city will help both students and the city itself.The T is a public bus system that services downtown Fort Worth and various places in Tarrant County.

From TCU, you can catch the bus and go to various restaurants, movie theaters and shopping malls.

These trips do not take long, and buses run throughout the week.

However, many areas of the city need better public transit service. While the T has a 25-year plan to expand its service, ridership needs to improve.

The burgeoning population of North Texas means roads are becoming increasingly overcrowded.

Using public transportation will help curb this problem and give the T the ridership numbers it needs to expand. Plus, students can ride for free.

By letting someone else do the driving, you are giving yourself extra time to chat with friends, think about the meaning of life or maybe do some homework.

Public transportation systems burn cleaner fuels to help with air quality around town, a serious issue in this region.

The installation of an extra line or two to Dallas will provide more people the opportunity to make the trip to destinations such as Six Flags Over Texas, the American Airlines Center and the Texas State Fairgrounds.

Planning your trip with the public transportation schedules is easy and, in some cases, can save you time. Instead of sitting in your car stuck in a traffic jam, you can be on your way on the Trinity Railway Express or the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail system.

Taking advantage of these services is the best option for not only TCU, but all citizens of the Metroplex.

News Editor Michael Bishop for the Editorial Board