With the way that Oklahoma City is spread out, transportation is a must. And whether you want to save on the cost, or you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, there are alternatives, but there costs associated with each of them…but there are advantages that make each of them worth the costs. This article will attempt to outline a few of the more common transportation methods and their up and down sides. There are also a few methods that aren’t quite as common, but their popularities are on the rise, or their respective technologies are improving.
OKC Metro Transit…if you have plenty of time the city bus, Metro Transit, can help you. The fare is a mere $1.50 for an adult and 75¢ for Seniors and disabled. The only downside to Metro Transit is their lack of citywide coverage that may be needed to reach the suburbs that are farther out, like More, or Edmond…and the scheduling leaves much to be desired. Don’t misunderstand, if you want to get to a place, you can get there, but you need to plan on your trip taking extra time from your day.
Hybrid And Electric Vehicles (EV’s)
There is the option of a hybrid or electric car. But, here again there are many considerations. Your average daily mileage requirements will come into play as far as deciding between EV or Hybrid…and OKC is a large place, so you may not be able to competely do away with a gasoline requirement. EV’s and hybrids are also a little expensive. Expect to spend a little bit more, but you will have a clean ride when you want it.
Hydrogen…Not Yet Available…Kind Of
While the DOE Chief is denying the actual numbers to Congress, the reports from his agency on the viability of vehicles powered by Hydrogen. The Hydrogen is presently being extracted from methane…or, natural gas. One report says that the Chief claimed that this isn’t a very good way to power the cars, safety factors, and other concerns. One thing is for sure, his report won’t help the cost. The few companies that produce the hydrogen vehicles will charge you aywhere from a few thousand for a conversion kit, to a few hundred thousand for a BMW. AAAHHH, the cost of being green and not suffering.
The Alternatives…And Some Are Just Plain Fun
The alternatives are few, but some will help you get healthier along with the carbon footprint and gasoline cost reduction. You can elect to start biking more often. There are a few bicycle routes, and drivers are getting more used to seeing bikes on the road, so the safety factors are improving. If you don;t want to arrive at work, or your appointment all sweaty from the exertion, you can opt for an assisted bicycle. There are electric and gasoline motor assisted bikes available for from a few hundred dollars to several thousand…here it isn’t a matter of how fast do you want to go, but how fast you can afford to go.
It Is An Investment…But One Worth The Costs
If you don’t mind the wait, and are a very social person, then the public transportation may be for you. A little extra planning and time could potentially save some people hundreds of dollars per year. If you have dmeands that are more serious than tis though, it could be worth it to invest in a hybrid or EV, but expect to pay $40,000 or more…in some cases, a lot more. If you want the zero emmissions and can afford it, hydrogen is on of the biggest ways this planet can use to wean ourselves from the burden of our fossile fuel dependance. In the meantime, there are electric scooters, mopeds, gopeds, assisted bikes, and other innovative forms of transportation…here, imagination really counts for a lot.