On a broad scale, transportation is the root of progress and innovation as well as the soul of business and industry. It is the economic driver of our nation and allows widespread access to goods and services that would otherwise be unavailable.
Yet there is a deeper and more intimate aspect of transportation in that it provides access to mobility on an individual level. It helps to erase remoteness, detachment and isolation to keep us better interconnected on a more personal level.
However, the recent developments with the novel coronavirus has placed the idea of travel specifically – and transportation generally – in a more precarious state as vacation plans are canceled and public transit systems across the country brace for plummets in regular ridership.
Already, the virus has had a negative impact on the global supply chain that is so critically linked to the worldwide transportation system, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 has – rightfully so -– made many people nervous as the medical community and government leaders issue warnings and implement measures to slow the forward momentum of the illness and keep our health care system from getting overrun.
Transportation allows the personal independence and autonomy to move, to see, to learn and to experience the world around us and help us grow as individuals; yet each of us as individuals has to determine our personal comfort levels of movement in the face of this new uncertainty and threat.
Those at the highest levels of the medical field in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have urged people to take some commonsense precautions in travel throughout the coming months to help us better protect ourselves as well as those around us.
In this issue of Greater Lansing Business Monthly, we’re looking at the topic of transportation as it pertains to our region as well as what it means in the situation we now find ourselves in. Moving, meeting and connecting with one another is still a central component of the human condition; but in these times of heightened caution and awareness, we can all take a more conscious and concerted approach toward moving safely.