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高中生英语美文010: 拥挤的交通

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Traffic Jam

拥挤的交通

What will city life be like in the future? Some people think that life in the cities is going to be horrible. They say that cities will become more and more crowded. As the number of people increases, there will be less space for each person. This overcrowding will cause other problems—more crime, dirtier streets, and worse problems with traffic than we have now. How will people find enough drinking water, energy, and housing? Because life will be hard, people who live in cities will worry more, and they may become sick. For these reasons, some say that nobody will want to live in city areas.

未来的城市生活会是什么样子呢?有人认为城市生活会变得十分可怕。他们说城市会变得越来越拥挤。随着城市人口的增加,每个人能占有的空间就会减少。这种过度拥挤会带来其他的问题更多的犯罪事件,更肮脏的街道,比现在更加糟糕的交通堵塞。人们将怎样找到足够的饮用水、能源和住宅呢?因为生活会更加艰难,住在城市里的人会有更多的担心,会生病。基于这些原因,有人说,到时候会没有人想住在城市里。

How can we deal with such problems as overcrowding, crime, and traffic? In some cities, thousands of people are already sleeping in the streets because there is little suitable housing—and because houses are too expensive. The crime rate isn’t going down. Instead, it is increasing so fast that many people are afraid to go out at night. Traffic is also getting worse.

我们怎样处理诸如过度拥挤、高犯罪率和交通堵塞这些问题呢?在有些城市里,成千上万的人已经开始露宿街头了,因为合适的房子太少也因为房价太高。犯罪率并没有下降,相反,它增长得非常快,许多人不敢夜间外出。交通状态也在恶化着。

More and more often, traffic jams are so bad that cars don’t move at all for several streets. These problems have been getting worse, not better, so many people see no hope for the future of the city.

交通堵塞非常糟糕,越来越频繁,一连好几条街道上汽车都动不了。 这些问题越来越严重,得不到改善,所以许多人看不到城市未来的希望。

Los Angeles, California, for example, has no subway system and buses are slow. Instead, many commuters drive many miles from their homes to work. Many of these drivers spend several hours each day on busy freeways. New York, however, has a big transit system—buses, commuter trains, and subways. Because the public transportation is crowded and dirty, many people drive private cars, and the traffic jams are worse than in Los Angeles. A taxi driver complains, “I was driving home, but in forty-five minutes I moved only two miles! Finally, I turned off the engine and just sat there. A lot of people left their cars where they were in the middle of the street and went into a bar for a few beers!”

例如,加利福尼亚的洛杉矶没有地铁系统,公共汽车很慢。许多人因此只好自己开车,从家里开好几英里去上班。这些开车的人每天都要花好几个小时在高速公路上。然而,纽约有一个庞大的交通系统--公共汽车、上下班列车和地铁。因为公共交通既拥挤又肮脏,许多人只好开私家车,交通堵塞比洛杉肌还要严重。有一位出租车司机抱怨说:“我在开车回家,但是我45分钟才开了两英里!最后我关掉了发动机,干脆 停在那里。很多人把汽车就地停在大街上,去酒吧喝上几杯啤酒。”

On the other hand, some cities have clean, fast and pleasant public transportation systems. In Paris, France, and Toronto, Canada, for example, anyone can use buses or subways to move quickly from one part of the city to another.

另一方面,有些城市有干净、快捷和舒适的公共交通系统。比如,在法国的巴黎和加拿大的多伦多,任何人都可以利用公共汽车或地铁,从城市的一个地方迅速到达另一个地方。

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