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Few things are guaranteed in life, but there is one thing that you can count on for sure: as time goes on, your body is going to age. While most men in their late teens through their twenties might feel invincible, it's only a matter of time before age starts to play a role in everyday life. Injuries take longer to recover from, hangovers take longer to dissipate, aches and pains become a normal part of life, and intimate time with your partner can be compromised. If you have experienced any of the symptoms above, don't worry - it's completely normal to slow down as you get older.

The question is, what are you going to do about the aging process? For years, men were told to just "live with it," but in 2021, those days are over. The time to fight back is here, and there has never been a better opportunity to live your best life than now. Nobody understands the effects that aging can have on men but our team of professionals at Better Life do. That is why we invest all of our time developing innovative, effective men's health solutions: to give men a chance to change their future and live like they did while they were in their prime. If you're ready to take a stand against ED and live a more energetic, youthful life, know that you're not alone. At Better Life Carolinas, we are here to help by providing the most scientifically advanced treatments on the market today.

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GAINSWave® Treatment In Gastonia, NC

When it comes to men's health, the topic of sex can still feel taboo, especially when there are performance issues involved. At Better Life Carolinas, we have heard just about every story you can imagine regarding erectile dysfunction or ED. So if you're embarrassed and angry about your performance in the bedroom, we understand how you're feeling. In the past, men had to take strange drugs or sign off on expensive surgeries to help correct their ED, adding to their feelings of shame and hopelessness.

The good news? If you're a man dealing with ED, you don't have to settle for antiquated treatments like those referenced above. There's a new product on the block: a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that is the first of it's kind. It's called GAINSWave®, and you can bet your bottom dollar that it isn't like anything else you have tried before.

Unlike most ED treatments, this unique approach does not require drugs or surgery. Instead, it relies on high-frequency acoustic waves to open the penis's existing blood vessels, encouraging the growth of new blood vessels while eliminating micro-plaque. To put it simply, GAINSWave® increases blood flow and gives you a chance to reclaim your libido and live life like a man in his prime.

GAINSWave® isn't a sketchy, quick-fix pill found behind the glass at a gas station. It is a comprehensive erectile dysfunction treatment with an incredible 76% success rate. With virtually no side effects, it's no wonder that men throughout the Carolinas and across the United States trust GAINSWave® to solve their ED and Peyronie's disease problems.

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How GAINSWave® Works

It might sound like GAINSWave® is too good to be true, but the fact is this kind of erectile dysfunction treatment in Gastonia, NC uses scientifically-backed, time-tested technologies and applications to improve male sexual performance. Technically referred to as Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LI-ESWT), our GAINSWave® procedure goes right to the crux of the issue. Low-intensity sound waves break up plaque formation in your penis while stimulating new blood vessel growth. These new blood vessels help get more blood to your penis, ultimately improving your ability to perform. This incredible treatment not only increases blood flow - it also causes new nerve tissues to grow, making your penis more sensitive and easily stimulated.

It all happens through a process called neurogenesis, which increases penis sensitivity. What sets GAINSWave® apart from others is the use of low-intensity sound waves to achieve increased blood flow and sensitivity. Because this procedure is completely non-invasive, you won't ever have to worry about expensive insurance claims or unsightly scarring. All you have to worry about is enjoying life like you used to, without having to undergo surgery or putting harmful substances in your body.

Here are some quick facts about Better Life Carolinas GAINSWave® treatments:

  • For most men, you can expect to have between 6 and 12 GAINSWave® sessions
  • Sessions typically take 15 to 20 minutes.
  • GAINSWave® works by releasing growth factors in your penis tissue, which generates new blood vessels.
  • GAINSWave® promotes healthy blood flow by breaking up plaque formation, giving men harder, stronger erections for longer periods of time.
  • GAINSWave® also activates dormant stem cells, which leads to new cell growth in men.

Hidden Risks of Prescription Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

If you have ever wondered why GAINSWave® treatments are so popular with men, the answer is simple. Prescription drugs meant to help ED often come with side effects that can diminish your peace of mind and day-to-day life. While some men swear by the "little blue pill," many guys aren't aware of the hidden risks associated with drugs like Viagra. The following ailments can happen both in the short term and long term:

  • Back Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headaches
  • Vision Loss
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Hearing Loss
  • Dizziness
  • Upset Stomach
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Fever
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If you are having problems with erectile dysfunction, you should understand why it's happening. The primary cause of ED is associated with a lack of blood flow to the penis, making erections difficult to get and maintain. Rather than relying on a prescription pill for a quick fix, many men are using GAINSWave® treatment in Gastonia, NC for a natural solution with no ill side effects. ED doesn't have to be your "new normal," and neither does suffering from strange side effects from popping too many "little blue pills."

GAINSWave®, COVID-19, and ED

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the world. Over the last year, millions of Americans have had to change their lifestyles and alter daily routines to better protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus. While COVID-19 causes a litany of negative side effects, new research shows that men who contract the virus can triple their risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Because the human body is unfamiliar with this kind of virus, it responds by sending a large immune response. During this process, the body uses massive amounts of chemicals to eliminate the virus, causing horrible collateral damage in the form of cell destruction and inflammation.

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Contracting COVID-19 and suffering from ED at the same time might sound like a death sentence. However, if you are a man experiencing ED during or after contracting the COVID-19 virus, don't lose hope.

Clinical trials have shown that shockwave therapy, better known as GAINSWave®, has been shown to lower inflammation and boost vascularity by creating angiogenesis and improving endothelial function. Simply put, GAINSWave® treatments can help reverse symptoms of ED brought on by COVID-19. To learn more about how GAINSWave® can help you get back to a normal sex life after developing COVID-19, we recommend contacting our office today.

GAINSWave®: A Natural, Non-Invasive Treatment for Peyronie's Disease

Though Peyronie's Disease affects about 9% of men, it is a little-known disease that can cause physical and aesthetic issues. It is characterized by fibrous scar tissue, which forms underneath the surface of a man's penis. When this disease is left untreated or treated improperly, it can be very difficult for men to have a normal erection. This is because Peyronie's Disease can cause painful curvatures in the penis, making it nearly impossible for afflicted men to have sexual intercourse at all.

The cause of Peyronie's Disease is currently unknown. However, most cases stem from physical trauma like acute injuries after vigorous sex. Other causes include prostate surgery, autoimmune disorders, and family history. Unfortunately, traditional treatment options range from a "wait and see" approach to prescription drugs and even surgery.

Symptoms and signs of Peyronie's Disease include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction: Men with this disease may have problems achieving or maintaining erections.
  • Misshapen Penis: Some men with this disease suffer from a narrowing of the penis when erect, resembling an hourglass shape.
  • Notable Bend in Penis: One of the most common symptoms of Peyronie's Disease includes significant penis curvature, which is defined by a severe and unnatural bend.
  • Scar Tissue: A common symptom of this disease is bands of tissue or hard lumps underneath the skin of the penis.
  • Shortened Penis: Some men with this disease have reported a reduction in penis length.
  • Pain in Penis: Peyronie's has the potential to cause pain in a man's penis, regardless of whether he has an erection or not.
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Fortunately, for men who are looking for a non-invasive, natural erectile dysfunction treatment in Gastonia, NC GAINSWave® is the answer. Using low-strength soundwaves or shockwaves, GAINSWave® treatment in Gastonia breaks down scar tissue affecting your penis, helps create new blood vessels, and opens up existing ones. As a result, blood flow is increased, which minimizes penis curvature and fixes the problems associated with erectile dysfunction.

P-Shot® Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Gastonia, NC

Most guys will tell you that their penis is the most important part of their body. While that is not totally true from a physiological perspective, we get where they're coming from - after all, a man's penis plays a big role in his personal life and overall wellbeing. When a man has problems achieving and maintaining an erection, his quality of life can suffer dramatically, resulting in lower self-esteem and even depression. If you are a man and suffering from ED or Peyronie's Disease, you can rest easy knowing help is only a phone call away.

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In addition to GAINSWave® treatments, Better Life Carolinas also offers the Priapus Shot or P-Shot® for short. Originally used to treat wounds and sports injuries, our P-Shot® is an all-natural treatment that fortifies your body through cellular repair and rejuvenation. P-Shot® treatments have shown very promising results for men who have suffered from prostate cancer, enlarged prostates, the side effects of surgery, drug side effects from prescription pain killers, and even diabetes.

You might be asking yourself, "How does the P-Shot® work?"

This ED solution works by using platelet-rich plasma or PRP from your own body. The proteins and growth factors released by the large number of platelets activate your stem cells, which begins cellular regeneration and repair wherever the PRP are used in your body. Tissue repair in your penis is further aided by the formation of new blood vessels and collagen production.

In many cases, men who use the P-Shot® to correct erectile dysfunction or the effects of Peyronie's Disease can resume sexual activity a few hours after the treatment is applied.

Benefits of Better Life Carolinas' P-Shot® include:

  • Increased blood flow to the penis
  • Improved stamina during sexual activities
  • Improvement and possible resolution of penile curvature issues caused by Peyronie's Disease
  • Increased penis sensitivity
  • Improvements to penis girth and length

For more information about the Priapus Shot or to find out if this treatment is right for you, schedule your free consultation today.

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Food Manufacturer Selects Gastonia for Southeast Expansion and $42 Million Investment Hans Kissle to add 219 new jobs in Gaston County

Hans Kissle Company, a fresh foods manufacturer, will create 219 new jobs in Gaston County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $42.2 million to build a food manufacturing facility in Apple Creek Corporate Center.“North Carolina’s agricultural and manufacturing legacy continues to attract growing companies to counties like Gaston,” said Governor Cooper. “Our skilled workforce and great quality of life are key ingredients for our thriving manufacturing industry.”Ha...

Hans Kissle Company, a fresh foods manufacturer, will create 219 new jobs in Gaston County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $42.2 million to build a food manufacturing facility in Apple Creek Corporate Center.

“North Carolina’s agricultural and manufacturing legacy continues to attract growing companies to counties like Gaston,” said Governor Cooper. “Our skilled workforce and great quality of life are key ingredients for our thriving manufacturing industry.”

Hans Kissle manufactures a wide variety of high quality fresh prepared foods for supermarkets and foodservice customers throughout the United States. Since opening as an in-house commissary for a Massachusetts grocery chain in 1984, the company now serves a menu of 700 items, including premium entrees, delicatessen salads, side dishes, quiches and other great tasting, fresh ready-to-eat foods, to a broad range of retail customers. Hans Kissle’s expansion to the Southeastern United States will increase production and distribution capacity for its food items and add approximately 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

“We are excited to be able to expand production to meet the growing demand for our premium products from consumers and retail partners in the Southeast,” said Scott Moffitt, CEO of Hans Kissle Company. “Gastonia is a thriving community with a talented workforce, and we are proud to put down roots and call it home for our new facility. We look forward to bringing great jobs to the community and being a positive contributor in many ways.”

“It’s no secret that North Carolina is the special ingredient for growing food companies,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast and the third largest state in the nation for food and beverage processing, Hans Kissle’s decision is a strong signal to other food companies that North Carolina is a great place to do business.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s efforts to support Hans Kissle’s location to North Carolina. Altogether, the average annual salary for the new positions meets Gaston County’s average annual wage of $42,018. The project could create a potential annual payroll impact of more than $9.2 million each year.

Hans Kissle’s project will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $599 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $2,156,400 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

Because Hans Kissle is locating to Gaston County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving $239,600 into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities across the state finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business.

“This is another great win for our region and state,” said N.C. Senator Kathy Harrington. “We welcome these additional jobs and investment for Gaston County and look forward to seeing what Hans Kissle will grow here.”

“We welcome Hans Kissle to North Carolina,” said N.C. Representative John Torbett. “This announcement is yet another example of how Gaston County has a winning recipe for successfully attracting companies across all industries.”

In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Food Innovation Lab, the North Carolina Community College System, Gaston College, Gaston County, the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, the City of Gastonia, and Rutherford Electric.

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Fla. woman ventures to Gastonia, N.C., fooled by TikTok video making it look like Switzerland

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A TikTok video influenced a Florida woman to visit what she thought was a small village in Gastonia, North Carolina surrounded by snowy mountains.The video has more than 5 million views.“[Gastonia] sounded like a Disney movie, right? Like a little town out of Disney movie,” said TikToker Olivia Garcia.Garcia and her family were in the Carolinas to check out the recent snow.When she saw this vid...

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A TikTok video influenced a Florida woman to visit what she thought was a small village in Gastonia, North Carolina surrounded by snowy mountains.

The video has more than 5 million views.

“[Gastonia] sounded like a Disney movie, right? Like a little town out of Disney movie,” said TikToker Olivia Garcia.

Garcia and her family were in the Carolinas to check out the recent snow.

When she saw this video, she convinced her family to make a stop.

“I was like oh wait can we make a pit stop in this place called Gastonia because I just saw this TikTok and it looks so pretty,” she said.

From Florida, Garcia isn’t surrounded by mountains and was thrilled at the opportunity to see them.

“And then all of a sudden we get there, and it’s just rundown gas stations - like we had to go to the bathroom and there was no bathroom that worked in any of the gas stations,” Garcia said.

Chronicling her reaction, Garcia’s TikTok video in actual Gastonia has hundreds of thousands of views.

WBTV learned the guy behind the original post is Zachary Keesee – a North Carolina native whose fake location videos have gotten him lots of views.

This one is from his trip to Switzerland.

“Hitting a million, 2 million, now up to 6 million about. It’s been pretty crazy,” Keesee said.

The situation has now gained the attention of Gastonia Mayor Walker E. Reid, III.

“Apparently we are the Talk of the Town! And while Gastonia is certainly not Switzerland, we’re glad people are learning more about our Great City. We’re glad to see so many people having fun with Zachary Keesee’s post and hopefully Ms. Garcia will come back to see all the great things our city has to offer. In fact, if they want to contact me, I’d love to give them a personal tour and show them what makes our City tick!,” Reid said.

“I am sure there are pretty parts, so I will 100% go back,” Garcia said.

“I’ve never stopped in the city and you know, I think it’s time to pay a visit,” Keesee said.

Keesee tells WBTV he apologized to Garcia, who made light of the situation.

Garcia says she’s learned not to believe everything you see online.

Keesee says, his “Not Carolina” videos probably won’t continue that much longer.

He’d like to post some more real videos showcasing North Carolina and his adventures around the world.

Copyright 2022 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Gastonia family displaced by fallen tree

The home was ruined after a 90-foot-oak tree came crashing down during a storm in the beginning of July.GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia family is living in a hotel after a giant tree crashed into their home. The family says the City of Gastonia should take responsibility for the tree falling and help them replace their home, but the city says they're not to blame.The home is located in the ...

The home was ruined after a 90-foot-oak tree came crashing down during a storm in the beginning of July.

GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia family is living in a hotel after a giant tree crashed into their home. The family says the City of Gastonia should take responsibility for the tree falling and help them replace their home, but the city says they're not to blame.

The home is located in the York Chester Historic District off West Fifth Avenue. No matter where you look, there's a scene of utter destruction.

“What I call my core memories, they're trapped," Alex Edwards said.

The 18-year-old looked at what was once her home Wednesday afternoon.

“I remember the day we picked out the paint color, I remember the day we ripped up the carpet from the floor to reveal the perfect hardwood floors, and now they’re not there anymore," Alex Edwards said.

What's left is a destroyed home. The Edwards family is now learning to adapt to not having a home.

“We’ve updated the roof, the electrical, all these things, to make it last and to take care of it and make it our forever home,” Brandye Edwards said.

The forever home was ruined after a 90-foot-oak tree came crashing down during a storm in the beginning of July.

“We heard a loud crack, the lights went out, and then it all started caving in on top of us," Brandye Edwards said.

According to the Edward's family, the tree came down because it wasn't healthy to begin with. They say they've notified the City of Gastonia before, when they noticed limbs breaking off and falling on several earlier occasions.

“The tree was assessed as low risk, then six months later [the tree] it's in my house,” Jason Edwards said.

The City of Gastonia sent WCNC Charlotte a letter, which was sent to Jason Edwards, dated July 20 stating, "They have found no negligence on the part of the City of Gastonia or its employees.”

"The results of the investigation by the City’s insurance company found that the tree fell due to an act of nature and that there was no negligence on the part of the City of Gastonia or its employees. It is up to the homeowners to work with their insurance company to determine their next steps," Mary Elliott, a spokesperson with the city, said in a statement.

But for Alex, whose room took the most damage, she said that's not enough.

“We warned you, we tried to tell you this would be a possibility and if I had been in there, I wouldn’t have been here today," Alex Edwards said.

The family is currently living in a hotel. They hope to make something work before the kids have to go back to school. For those interested in helping, the family has set up a GoFundMe.

Homeless woman desperate for help after Gaston County housing assistance ends

“I made my mistakes and I can’t go back and correct those,” she said. “But I’m trying to do something different with my life.”Melissa Dossett has been on and off the streets for years, and is losing her home again after her housing assistance has ended.GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Time moves slowly when you’re homeless. Melissa Dossett knows. Her mind wanders hour after hour as she sits on street sidewalks and searches for shade in parking lots throughout Gastonia.“You have no...

“I made my mistakes and I can’t go back and correct those,” she said. “But I’m trying to do something different with my life.”

Melissa Dossett has been on and off the streets for years, and is losing her home again after her housing assistance has ended.

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Time moves slowly when you’re homeless. Melissa Dossett knows. Her mind wanders hour after hour as she sits on street sidewalks and searches for shade in parking lots throughout Gastonia.

“You have nowhere to go, nowhere to be, nothing to do,” she said. “You’re walking around trying to do whatever you can do to just get away. I don’t want to be that person no more.”

The person Melissa Dossett doesn’t want to be is one who has spent two decades fighting to crawl out from underneath the suffocating weight of a crack cocaine addiction. This is never the life she imagined for herself. But the drug took hold of her in 2003 and hasn’t let go since.

“It took everything from me. And I’ve come back from it a few times and it didn’t last,” she said.

Melissa has been on the streets off and on for years. But in February, she and hundreds of other chronically homeless people in Gaston County were put up in a hotel after qualifying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded federally by COVID relief dollars and distributed by Gaston County.

Gaston County’s Department of Social Services says they’ve spent nearly $15 million to assist residents in nearly 2,000 homes through ERAP.

Between July 2021 and May 2022, ERAP has paid for more than 350 hotel rooms for people like Melissa.

The 49-year-old says she thought the program would help find her a permanent place to live - but in late May, Melissa and others living in the hotel were told they’d have to be out by June 1.

“I was calling for two weeks, where am I going? What am I doing? I was trying,” she said.

Melissa had just gotten her new identification card and was starting to apply for jobs when her progress came to an abrupt halt.

She now sleeps behind a building downtown. Everything she owns is stuffed in a white trash bag she hauls around from place to place.

Finding a job seems like an ominous task when she has nowhere to bathe.

“I feel forgotten,” Melissa said.

According to Gaston County, their Department of Social Services decided they would use the limited ERAP funds to help other families who were already living in permanent housing pay for utilities and rent.

Gaston County said it offered various resources to people like Melissa saying:

“We provided weeks of notice to individuals that were in hotels supported by ERAP funding that we were transitioning to other options. There were numerous information sessions at those hotels for the individuals that would be impacted, and more than 100 individuals participated in those sessions. Information included consisted of job placement, employment, education, training and mental and physical health services in our community. Gaston County DSS, along with our Homelessness Prevention Committee, continues to work with numerous partners in our community, including the Salvation Army and Continuum of Care to connect individuals to housing and other resources.”

Melissa is desperate for some kind of help. She doesn’t make excuses for her past - but knows getting clean is almost impossible when stability isn’t available.

“I made my mistakes and I can’t go back and correct those,” she said. “But I’m trying to do something different with my life.”

When asked what Melissa sees for her life, what she dreams about, she couldn’t answer. “I don’t know right now,” she said.

“It’s that hopeless?” Melissa was asked. “Yes,” she replied.

Hopeless - because deeply wanting something - a job, sobriety, a place to sleep - isn’t always enough when you’re living on the streets.

“I just don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know where I’m going.”

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John Hood: Empty Buses Don’t Improve Air Quality

RALEIGH — In nearly all North Carolina communities with bus systems, ridership is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago. In Greensboro, for example, there were 1.9 million passenger trips on city buses last year, down approximately 60% from the total in 2014. Over the same period, Winston-Salem buses experienced a comparable drop-off. In Charlotte, it was a staggering 75%.It’s not just our largest cities where buses are running well below capacity. Salisbury, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, Wilson — all have se...

RALEIGH — In nearly all North Carolina communities with bus systems, ridership is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago. In Greensboro, for example, there were 1.9 million passenger trips on city buses last year, down approximately 60% from the total in 2014. Over the same period, Winston-Salem buses experienced a comparable drop-off. In Charlotte, it was a staggering 75%.

It’s not just our largest cities where buses are running well below capacity. Salisbury, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, Wilson — all have seen ridership declines, ranging from moderate to massive.

Of course, transit use cratered pretty much everywhere when COVID struck in early 2020. Fearful people found other ways to commute, gained the option of working from home, or lost their jobs entirely. Ridership has since bounced back somewhat, though it remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Declines in bus usage didn’t begin with COVID, however. In 2019, the city of Concord’s buses carried 9% fewer passenger trips than in 2014. The drop was 12% in Fayetteville, 15% in Raleigh and Salisbury, 18% in Wilmington, 25% in Winston-Salem and Cary, 28% in Greensboro, and 35% in Charlotte. Among major urban centers, only Asheville, Chapel Hill, and Durham bucked the trend.

Those three communities, and perhaps a few other college towns, have distinctive characteristics that boost their transit friendliness and may prove to be persistent in the post-COVID era. For most of North Carolina, though, realism requires that we accept a basic truth: traveling by bus was never a popular choice, was becoming less so prior to the pandemic, and is now even more unpopular because of it.

For one thing, some jobs that were shifted to remote out of desperation are going to remain remote by choice. Estimates of the percentage vary, but if you take a look at parking lots and foot traffic in downtown areas, the significance of the shift is impossible to miss. If one’s policy goal is to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles traversing our roads and streets, either to alleviate traffic congestion or improve air quality, telecommuting was always going to be a handier tool than transit or carpooling.

For another thing, while some politicians and policy wonks may be all-in on a war against cars, most of us never volunteered for such a war — and greatly resent any attempt to conscript us into it. That’s why gas prices are such a hot political issue at the moment. In theory, they represent the kind of price signal many left-wing activists have long dreamed about, a “real” price of driving that reflects a bigger share of the negative externalities it imposes on the environment and society. In practice, most people find high gas prices outrageous and intolerable.

Why was bus ridership declining before COVID? Here’s a key reason: thanks to growth in employment and incomes, more lower-income folks were finding it possible to lease or buy personal vehicles. They saw this as a major improvement in their standard of living. They were right.

In Charlotte, admittedly, some of its huge drop in bus traffic during the past decade occurred not because residents were getting cars but because they were getting off buses to ride trains. The net effect wasn’t to boost transit usage, however. According to a report by Charlotte radio station WFAE, ridership across all transit types is still down 65% since 2014.

As a fiscal conservative, I’ve long doubted pie-in-the-sky projections for transit usage in a state like North Carolina where most people prefer suburban or rural lifestyles to residing in dense urban cores. That doesn’t mean I’m against all transit spending. I just see it more as more of a public-assistance expenditure, to help the relatively small number of people who can’t drive for economic or medical reasons, rather than as a practical means of moving large populations around 21st-century cities.

No matter what the formula looks like on paper, it’s impossible to reduce congestion or improve air quality by running empty or near-empty buses.

John Hood is a John Locke Foundation board member. His latest books, Mountain Folk and Forest Folk, combine epic fantasy with early American history (FolkloreCycle.com).

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