And while I feel that 82% of Americans are living foolishly.<quoted text>
Landwise you are correct but...
Demographics of the United States
As of June 1, 2013, the United States had a total resident population of 316,123,000, making it the third-most populous country in the world. It is very urbanized, with 82% residing in cities and suburbs as of 2008 (the worldwide urban rate is 50.5%. This leaves vast expanses of the country nearly uninhabited.
This 82% is why we need better public transportation!
That's why I called it a "simple" solution.
Don't live in a city and you have no need for public transportation.