The History Of Public Transportation In Southernmost Illinois

Public transportation has come a long way during the last decade. Unfortunately, the systems in place in the U.S. at large still lag far behind those of other countries. Officials in Southernmost Illinois strive to maintain and improve existing public transportation and the infrastructure needed to make it function efficiently. Tax dollars have been instrumental in making this work — both in the past and right now.

For most of the history of Illinois, train travel has been far and wide the most important method of public transportation. This option was implemented during the industrial revolution, but became less important throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. Eventually, northern cities adopted vehicular or metro transportation. Trains have continued to fall further behind with each passing year.

Now, rideshare options such as Uber and Lyft have cut into revenue generated by public options, putting those systems at risk in the future.

Although southern communities’ economies have struggled to keep up with those in the north, public transportation has continued to thrive in the south. This is because the aforementioned rideshare options are less pragmatic in more rural areas with older populations. Some college communities still cater toward rideshare companies more than public transportation, even when it is cheaply available.

The state of Illinois is currently making significant investments in updating bussing networks in the state, especially in southern communities. Other technologies could be implemented in the near-future as well. One of these is the almost magical hyperloop, which can shoot pods through vacuum-sealed tubes at extremely high speeds, cutting travel times to a fraction of what they once were.

Looking for a ride in or around your neighborhood? There are several public transportation options currently available in Southernmost Illinois. To learn about common routes and schedules or to find a representative to help plan a trip in the area, click any of the links below:

Jackson County Mass Transit. Available to residents of Jackson County.

Rides Mass Transit. Federal funded public option available to local residential areas, but provides scheduled rides to neighboring countries upon request.

Shawnee Mass Transit. Serving on-call transportation to Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, and Union counties.

Saluki Express Mass Transit. Provides students and faculty with reliable transportation throughout the academic year in the Carbondale community.

Bus accidents in southernmost Illinois occur infrequently due to the experienced drivers who are trained in defensive driving techniques before receiving their state-funded certification.

NOTE: Please be advised that some of these transportation options might be closed down because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

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