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Hungary offers great connections by road and rail across the continent and a superb transit system within Budapest, but at what cost to the economy?, and more importantly, the environment?. In a report released in 2013 by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, evidence shows the alarming rate of fuel emissions released by existing transport methods.
In 2000 over 5m tonnes of Carbon Monoxide was produced by transportation as seen here. To the period of 2011 it reached almost 10m tonnes. The amount of fuel emissions from transport has almost doubled in ten years.
Measures are clearly needed to halt this growth rate in harmful emissions before it becomes unacceptable air quality similar to regions such as Beijing.
There are a growing number of mass transit options within Hungary that show potential to benefit consumers and provide numerous solutions to ease highway congestion and lower toll rates as well as public spending. Public awareness currently remains discouragingly low and more effort is required to raise awareness, prosper efficient adoption and realize the potential of these options for so many beneficial reasons. Not only would this curb emission levels to meet tougher EU conditions but also create viable commerce to create employment and raise capital for the state.
Uber has received outstanding support and achieved great success since Travis Kalanick co-founded it from San Francisco in 2009 and has now spread it to over 200 cities. Though not many people know, it quietly ushered itself into Budapest late in November 2014 with its initial ride delivering editor and activist Eva Szentesi to the Bazilka in downtown Budapest. If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, it’s a clever ride-share scheme that allows users to instantly request travel through a one touch app on an iPhone or Android smart-phone.
The scheme works by matching riders with nearby drivers. Consumers of Uber can group together and share the cost of a ride quickly and effortlessly in a similar manner to ride-share programs popular across Europe and the United States. Uber also hires outstanding drivers to work for the program and stimulates job growth in every region it operates within. Drivers undergo a thorough background check to ensure customer safety.
Typical fares for Uber in Budapest vary from Vorosmarty ter to Szell Kalman ter at 1015 ft. A trip from Deak Ferenc ter to the airport would cost 3830 Ft. Split this between the driver and two passengers and you start to see the real value in Uber.
With more awareness of the scheme, it could potentially create jobs in the region and provide a much needed alternative to existing transit methods at an affordable and competitive cost. The scheme works well and proves popular not just for its ease of access, but because it allows groups of friends to split the cost of a ride and share the same car. This no doubt cuts energy consumption and fuel emissions by reducing the number of cars on the road used to transport individuals. Instead of 5 single journeys by a conventional taxi, one journey is created while providing work to a driver who would otherwise not have done so outside Uber.com, and all at the tap of a smart-phone screen.
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