I hear some talking about the stubby little Smart cars we see running around being a sign of just how dismal our transportation future looks. I see them as quite the opposite, I see them as small efficient ways to ward off the doom and gloom of an America dominated by legislated mass transit. Mass transit seems so socialist and really un-American.
The freedom to take your own vehicle when and where you want is almost a core value in our country. It doesn’t so much matter if the vehicle is big or small, two wheels or four, gas or electric or ??? What matters most is that we maintain the spirit of individuality and joy that doesn’t happen with mass transit.
And in that spirit I love to see how people are making event these most boring of people movers into something fun. How about this 4×4?
Or this souped up hi-performance commuter?
Sure the new motor takes up a little passenger room, but as you see there are other ways to qualify for the HOV lane on your next road trip to Seattle.
Mass transit can have a place in our society but we can’t let it displace our personal vehicles.