The system I decided to highlight is the Transportation system in NYC, after the circle line tour I decided to examine the transportation systems relation to our waters here in the city.
As we sailed trough the cities waters looking to have a better understanding of the importance of living a more sustainable life and the effect it has on out water system. There was a common theme that kept coming into play when taking photos and thinking about what I was seeing. Transportation within around and even underneath our waters became so evidently important not only to everyday life, but also in the fight to become more sustainable.
As the boat departed the dock for the tour the first thing I noticed was several Water taxis taking people from Jersey to the city which is so important to so many peoples lives because it provide a quick and to some more convenient way into the city. But does it also cause pollution? After I seen the Staten Island Ferry doing the same thing by getting people from the island to manhattan throughout each day.
There were several boats powered by and carrying coal and oil which are important resources but take a lot of energy to move on water. While on the tour I noticed that most of the surrounding land that the water borders is used for storage for other means of transportation methods even ones not on water, like buses and trucks and construction machines. That helps provide storage for many of the vehicles which deliver all the city needs and essentials for living like food and toiletries.
ABOVE & UNDER THE WATRER
After being on the water for an hour or so I started to try to think about the things I couldn’t see, In the terms of transportation our major tunnels here in the city run underneath all these great bodies of water. These tunnels make travel so much easier. The Bridges do the same thing just hundreds of feet above. These structures still use the space the open water doesn’t to transport so many people everyday.
From the boats using coal to fuel there boats and polluting the air to the several junk yards and storage spaces I seen boarding our ever so important oceans and rivers. It is evident that the Transportation system her in New York City carries a lot of the blame for our pollution problems.
What are some ways we can be more sustainable in terms of transportation?