Advocate Says Use Of Other Types Of Transportation Could Work In East KY

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

While President Bush is asking americans to cut back on the amount of gas they're consuming, many eastern Kentuckians say they don't see how that's possible, especially in rural areas of the country.

WYMT spoke with an advocate for advancing regional transportation in Kentucky.

Because there are few alternatives to driving to and from work in eastern Kentucky, many say it's impossible to reduce the amount of gas they use.

One transportation advocate says he believes buses and trains are the future of travelling.

In his state of the union address, President Bush calls for a sharp cutback in the use of oil.

President Bush says he hopes to reduce the consumption of gasoline in the united states by 20 percent within the next ten years.

"I think it would be very, very hard, we're so used to conveniences that it would be hard to cut back," David Coyte said.

But David Coyte, President of the Kentucky Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation says he believes reducing oil consumption is possible...and we can do that by looking to the past.

"Transit is much, much more efficient. So we're asking the state to think about what was a very effective transportation system 50 years ago, which is rail," Coyte said.

Coyte says the rail system is cheaper and safer than cars and it's a feasible form of public transportation in all areas of the state.

"Great for small rural communities because most of those communities grew up around rail lines anyway so they're designed to work with train systems," Coyte said.

With few trolleys, busses and trains in the area, many people WYMT spoke with say it wouldn't be possible for them to start taking a bus or train to work right now, but it is something they would consider if more sources of public transportation are created in the future.


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