Oppositions are all around us. It might be the weather on our way to class or how a particular building opposes gravity. Being surrounded by oppositions, there is one opposition that sticks out to me. I don't have a car so a major opposition for me is man traveling on the metro transit system efficiently.
There are places that I would like to go that by car are only ten to twelve minutes away but according to metrotransit.com are 35 or 40 minutes away. For a college student that has to balance classes, homework, work, friends, sleep, and other commitments 40 minutes is a long time to spend one way on a bus. If I need to go to say Target I'm going to spend 70-80 minutes getting there? No Thanks.
The other opposition with using the metro transit is the space on buses and trains. Every time I have ridden the bus or gone to the Light Rail they have been crowded. I don't mind sometimes, I understand that it is public transportation but it is packed on some of those buses and I haven't ridden at the "busy" times.
A resolution to the problem would be expanding the Light Rail system. I was in Germany not to long ago and stayed in the city of Cologne, which is just over a million people. Cologne is very spread out a lot like the Twin Cities however they have a much bigger train system. The train system is bigger but still simple. The city is broken up into a square split into four smaller squares. The trains run around the perimeter of the city and between the smaller squares. Within those squares you can take a bus ride, which from end to end is less than twenty minutes. I rode this public transportation system at all hours of the day and it was only crowded one time. That instance was on the way to a soccer game, which you can expect with 80,000 people traveling to the same stadium for a game. For these reasons expanding Minneapolis' Light Rail system would greatly reduce the travel time on metro transit and reduce overcrowding on the buses.