(Model essay) General Training exam in Sydney, Australia, December 2011

(This question taken from IELTS-blog.com.)

Public transportation could be made free of charge. Are there more advantages or disadvantages to this change?

Most large cities today boast numerous public transit options, available to residents for a fee. Whether providing these options free of charge is a positive thing is often a highly debated topic. I argue that felt making public transportation available free of charge ramifies more advantages than disadvantages. This will be proven by looking at how a free public transportation system encourages more environmentally friendly living and provides accessibility to low-income individuals.

For one, encouraging people to use public transportation through fare elimination has many benefits to the environment. For example, as more people use a city’s public transit system, the congestion that city experiences on the road is greatly reduced. Having fewer vehicles on the road in turn reduces a city’s overall carbon footprint immensely. Thus, the benefit to removing public transportation fares can be seen.

In addition to this, allowing people to use a city’s transportation services without charge can be exceptionally helpful to low-income residents. For instance, any city that employs this change would empower its people with the ability to live and work in entirely different parts of a city, regardless of their economical situation. This would thus heighten a low-income earner’s chances of gaining financial ground. As this example shows, privileging a city’s people with free transit service boasts more benefits than drawbacks.

After analyzing the above, it is clear that removing the fare charged to public transit passengers has more pros than cons. This alternative should be considered as a future growth option for emerging cities.


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8 Responses to (Model essay) General Training exam in Sydney, Australia, December 2011

  1. Its great essay.Before this,I have no idea about this essay.thanks

  2. mahamat says:

    hi, how are you today? i appreciate that you very helpful really
    i’m student from Malaysia

  3. I am struggling to achieve 6 each in ielts band score. I think i would able to take help from Ryan study material.

  4. setareh says:

    May i ask how can i know just i need to write just advantage reasons without any disadvantages?

  5. Rehana says:

    Many students are still not clear on the following task 2 questions.
    What is the difference, in the general and academic task 2 essay.

  6. Claudia Lane says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Could this model essay be also considered an academic task 2 ?



  7. Claudia Lane says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I wrote an essay with this example title as
    a practising exercise.
    Im taking the academic exam. Do you think this essay could be found in a Ademic exam type?



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