Is it hopeless?
No! Check out what other cities are doing to develop and maintain their transportation networks:
Vancouver is a big sprawling city with serious geographic limitations. When I was growing up there, the transit system was terrible and old – do you know that Vancouver still uses electric trolley buses?
When the city launched the SkyTrain in 1985, people were so excited about it, they used to just ride around on it for fun until the city launched public campaigns to remind people that joyriders shouldn’t be taking up spots for legitimate commuters.
Vancouver is one of the last big cities that does not allow Uber or Lyft (or any other ride sharing service). Since 2006, its population has grown by 6-9% and it is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in so MANY people live a long away and commute into the city.
But in recent years, Vancouver has made alternative modes of transportation – cycling and public transit – keystone policy goals. The results have been impressive.
I’d also like to point out that Vancouver city councillors unanimously declared that climate change is an emergency: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-councillors-unanimously-approve-motion-declaring-climate-emergency