Getting people on public transit has always been a hassle, but Murcia, Spain is taking a different approach. In return for trading in their car, citizens received a lifetime of free access to Murcia’s new public transit system.
The program ran through June, during which the city put on display cars parked atop each other to demonstrate how congested and difficult parking is in the city. The irony being that these show pieces are taking up much-needed parking spots. I can’t find any stats on how many people participated in the program, but Murcia seems to have considered the program a success. I know for certain that I’d love to have more public transit options…though I’m not sure I’d trade my car for a lifetime pass unless I had plans for staying in the same city for the rest of my life. Or if my car was a piece of crap and only worth a few hundred bucks.
I know that in many areas, congestion has reached a turning point, and people are getting rid of cars because they can’t afford the time and money they cost. So tell me, would you trade your car for a lifetime pass to public transit, if the option (and transit) were available to you?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.