Currently, trains are found far away from many people’s places of residence and are often congested (Wiltshire Council 2011). The current train and bus services cannot compete with personal cars in terms of cost, comfort, and convenience. Furthermore, many bus and train operators are offer low quality services, are expensive, and charge varying fares.Public transport services can be improved through the implementation of traffic management systems (Wiltshire Council 2011). This will help free buses from congestion in many roads and routes. The transport management authorities should improve the performance of passenger information systems. This will facilitate good communication between bus operators and passengers to the extent that the arrival and departure of buses will be communicated effectively to passengers (Paulley et al 2006). Parts of the highway near bus stops should be improved to enable passengers, especially those who have physical disabilities, to board and alight from buses more easily. This measure should be taken to make bus services more accessible, interconnected, and user-friendly.The system of local bus regulation and subsidy applied in England should be adopted all over the U. and be used seriously. People should also be encouraged to use public transport, especially in areas affected by traffic congestion in a bid to reduce traffic snarl ups (Wiltshire Council 2011). Howver, for people to heed this call, public transport should be more reliable and comfortable. The green bus fund provided by local authorities should be invested in purchasing buses that are more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. This will help to reduce emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and, therefore, help in keeping the environment clean.The rail transport system which includes underground and surface rails need to be improved in order to be more efficient. The local and national governments should collaborate with railway industry players to improve all railway stations and junctions. By improving the stations and making trains more comfortable, more people will be attracted to use rail transport which in turn will see less people rely on their personal cars for transport. The number of railway stations should also be increased so that more people have greater access to trains without having to walk or travel long distances. This measure will also go a long way in heightening the
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