Why American public transit is so bad | 2020 Election

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In the middle of the 20th century, the US government made a decision that would transform American cities: It built a huge system of interstate highways, many of which went right through the downtowns of its biggest cities.
This sealed the country's fate as a car culture, and today we're seeing the results. In most cities, it's extremely difficult to get around without a car, in part due to public transit systems built to serve an outdated commute. And when our politics turn to infrastructure, the government often favors building new roads and highways instead of improving and expanding public transportation.
The result is a system that forces more Americans to drive, at the expense of those who rely on public transit. It's also the biggest contributor to our country’s carbon footprint. Fixing that over the long term will require a reimagining of American cities and towns. But there's also a way that, if we wanted to, we could improve American transit systems, and get more people riding them, in a matter of weeks.
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For Jonathan English’s research comparing Canadian and US public transit: www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-31/why-is-american-mass-transit-so-bad-it-s-a-long-story
For research on suburban commutes from the Brookings Institution’s Adie Tomer, Joseph Kane, and Jennifer S. Vey: www.brookings.edu/interactives/connecting-people-and-places-exploring-new-measures-of-travel-behavior/
For more of Vox’s coverage on public transportation: www.vox.com/2015/8/10/9118199/public-transportation-subway-buses
For more historical maps on how the federal highway system transformed cities: iqc.ou.edu/2014/12/12/60yrsmidwest/
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  • Lol thumbnail compares Toronto to Charlotte. Why don’t you compare apples to apples and compare Toronto to New York City? The two most populated cities in each of their respective countries.

    NYCSTNYCST2 tuntia sitten
  • You all have a public transport?

    sandy Jpsandy Jp9 tuntia sitten
  • Never thought Toronto would be an example for public transit 😂

    Michael YuMichael Yu12 tuntia sitten
  • Why not focus on making the roads bigger and more efficient? Cars aren't going away anytime soon.

    Nicholas AfxentiouNicholas Afxentiou13 tuntia sitten
  • when you figure nina lives in the same neighborhood as you

    sandlandfever 1sandlandfever 1Päivä sitten
  • Coom

    Lanz PejotoLanz PejotoPäivä sitten
  • Shiy

    Lanz PejotoLanz PejotoPäivä sitten
  • 🚌

    Armando MagdalenoArmando MagdalenoPäivä sitten
  • Yeah America did not study Europe when it came to public transportation, we need bullet trains too like Japan! Cause we all know we hate flying these days!

    Anthony StrunkAnthony Strunk2 päivää sitten
  • good luck getting US citizens or govt. to invest in "public" anything. they'll shoot themselves in the face first. speaking as a european living in america. Americans are TERRIFIED of anything that starts with the word 'public' be it healthcare, transport, education etc. and my experience is from an urban area. i suspect the rural areas are even worse.

    sigis sigissigis sigis2 päivää sitten
  • I'm an American living overseas and I cannot even express how happy I am to live in a country with useful, cheap, reliable public transportation.

    Ronald RhodaRonald Rhoda2 päivää sitten
  • In 2020, one hour from Washington DC, and 30 minutes to Baltimore, in a small suburb called Glen Burnie, if one wants to get to the biggest, closest mall, the three best options are private car: 12 minutes round trip, horrid wretched uber or lyft: $30-40 round trip, or 4 hours of walking and public transportation. The biggest crime in this country, is to be poor, you will be punished everyday for it.

    Stefanie GentryStefanie Gentry2 päivää sitten
    • Or an hour bike ride, which is not bad if one has a bike.

      Stefanie GentryStefanie Gentry2 päivää sitten
  • This is the most useful Johnny English has been thus far.

    JochemJochem3 päivää sitten
  • You should cover transit in Brazil , my parents to this day , refuse to buy a car , transit is very convenient, you can literally go anywhere , I'm talking about Goiania / Brazil

    Leonardo di parmaLeonardo di parma3 päivää sitten
  • Anyone from Toronto? Toronto Gang Rise up

    Quiet FriesQuiet Fries3 päivää sitten
  • Bring back Johnny Harris

    Jack FrostJack Frost3 päivää sitten
  • I went to work in Rochester, NY in 2000. Being from Toronto I didn't own a car but had a driver's license for moving van rentals! I always used transit like millions of other Canadian Torontonians. I started commuting to work by public transit. My boss saw me at a bus stop and was horrified that I was even there. She told me no one at the company took public transit and it would be a negative reflection on the company's reputation and potentially a risk to my life and safety. She got on her phone right there at the bus stop and arranged for a car rental to be available for the week at the company parking lot by the time we got there. She also called the companies car vendor and asked them to have two cards brought over for me to choose from for purchasing for my next pay. When we arrived at my work everything was as described. The paperwork was ready to be signed on the spot. I learned later that only the lowest income people on welfare and disability took transit in Rochester and that is why it was such a horrifying image for her to see me standing there. I was making over 100K and taking the bus! Talk about a culture clash!

    P. WingertP. Wingert4 päivää sitten
    • @ggzh a Argue With Everyone Toronto has one of the leading public Transit systems in North America, but the roads are congested with traffic to the point that the busses can only move in the traffic. If there is any kind of flow disruption, then the bus is adversely affected. Busses also are unable to change lanes so must wait for every right-turning car. Also in my area, there are many people with disabilities that use wheelchairs. On average it takes about four minutes for the ramp to be lowered the wheelchair user to the board be secured in the wheelchair area by the driver and then for him to lift the ramp, wait for clearance In the traffic, and resume the journey. The travel time has nothing to do with the quality of the service but with the nature of the customers being carried as well as the volume of traffic and the number of vehicles making right-hand turns which impose significant delay facts into even simple trips. The service is reliable and predictable and can serve the substantial number of low-income residents that live in this area that are not able to afford a car not be able to park it in the low-income building in which they live.

      P. WingertP. Wingert3 päivää sitten
    • @P. Wingert This probably means the public transport in your place is bad. Good public transport is better because you do not need to wait in traffic (having extra bus lines or use rails) and a train is faster than a car. (In Japan you can go 1200 km in 5h). Or you are in a village without a lot of traffic where cars are faster.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
    • @ggzh a Argue With Everyone Public transportation is moderately safer but the trade-off your making is time and speed. Taking transit to my local power center (A group of malls federated into a single are) takes me 68 minutes by transit and an additional 13 minutes wait time as well as 10 minutes to talk from the bus stop to the nearest stores. So I am looking at an hour and a half to use the service. In a car, I can drive to the same power center and park across the driveway in 22 minutes. Four times faster!

      P. WingertP. Wingert3 päivää sitten
    • Public transport is saver than cars. There are less accidents and the accidents are less deathly.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • Canada good us bad

    zawizawi4 päivää sitten
  • Hawaii doesn't even have a train system, and the one we're building right now, the person that runs the operation keeps delaying it so he can earn more money

    Your Colors6Your Colors64 päivää sitten
    • It makes me want to puke when I think of the exploitation of Hawaii🤢🤮🤧🥴😭

      Stefanie GentryStefanie Gentry2 päivää sitten
  • I love public transit. It just doesn’t work for me where I live.

    Erin McAfeeErin McAfee4 päivää sitten
  • Driving is such a miserable experience, why are people so obsessed with this lifestyle?

    Felix The CatFelix The Cat4 päivää sitten
  • I ride public transit occasionally for leisure trips, as it doesn't make sense for my commute. The system here is cheaper and just as quick as driving if going in the same direction, but it doesn't.

    freakylocz14freakylocz144 päivää sitten
  • as a Londoner, it seems shocking to me that almost everyone uses a car - in other cities, you can get anywhere on the tube or by bus

    The DomThe Dom4 päivää sitten
  • who thought that, despite being a leading nation, US still lagging behind in their basic infrastructures compared to other nations in asia like south korea, japan, china

    azrin awang aliazrin awang ali4 päivää sitten
    • Like most governments, the United States government actually doesn't really care about its people, or their quality of life. So what are they a leading nation in? greed and exploitation?

      Stefanie GentryStefanie Gentry2 päivää sitten
  • Because everything is the opposite in America

    Exauce MayungaExauce Mayunga5 päivää sitten
  • The person who invents a human teleporter will be a trilionaire in days.

    Maximus GagnonMaximus Gagnon5 päivää sitten
  • It's Trump's fault 😂🤣

    M KM K5 päivää sitten
  • I still remember when I realize how hard it is to take public transportation for my destination in US especially since i don't have a car and cannot afford it. I was born and raised in Japan and public transportation is the part that I miss a lot about Japan....

    america ericaamerica erica5 päivää sitten
  • As an American, one thing I have trouble understanding is why I should care about public transport. What does it solve? I understand why some people might want it but I don't think it is that big of an issue to worry about. I'd love to know why it's so important to many people.

    Ethan BrinkEthan Brink6 päivää sitten
    • @ggzh a Argue With Everyone Thanks. It does make more sense when you put it that way :)

      Ethan BrinkEthan Brink3 päivää sitten
    • - It helps reduce climate change - Kids can not drive a car - The more people use public transport the less traffic on the roads. Car users should be a fan of public transport because it makes them faster. - Good public transport is faster than cars, in cities and over long distances. Not between villages. - You can eat and drink in a train, you can not do, or should not do that, while driving a car. - If enough people use it, it becomes a lot cheaper than cars. - Some disabled people can not drive a car. - Cars are noisy - Driving a car is work. In public transport with enough space (does not work when there are a lot of people) you can talk with your friends, play with your kids or work on your laptop.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • After moving out of Toronto, I miss the TTC so bad. I know it wasn't perfect, and I know I complained about it a ton, but it is a FAR, FAR, FAR, cry better than Ottawa's public transit.

    seqka711seqka7116 päivää sitten
  • I'd like to see more funding for regional public transit in rural areas. My town has a bus system that also connects to nearby towns. It's really helpful for the elderly and disabled populations to get to grocery shopping, healthcare facilities, and government buildings. The regional bus route helps connect the regions towns economically thereby improving my region's resilience. And I live in appalachia. I can only imagine what change we'd see if there was rural public transit investments in other areas of the country. The greyhound bus system could be so much more.

    Vivian LoneyVivian Loney6 päivää sitten
  • I have dual citizenship. Half Dutch half American. It’s such a joy to visit my European family because I can use reliable public transport and good bicycle infrastructure. I live in Denver which for American standards is pretty good. We have frequent bus service but lack adequate rail service and suburb to suburb transport, not to mention that the buses and light rails are getting old. At least we have that and a new push for bike infrastructure. It still pales in comparison to the Dutch travel infrastructure where I never have to step in a car if I don’t want to. Just grab the bike or walk 2 blocks to the tram and off we go and am able to get to almost every city in the country in a comparable or even shorter amount of time than if we were to drive.

    Immanuel JImmanuel J6 päivää sitten
  • Your video would make a lot of sense... if you explained one thing. What is so much better about public transit anyways and why are cars worse?

    Hudson BakkeHudson Bakke6 päivää sitten
  • If only DBZ-like teleportation could be real...

    Aurélien BeauchêneAurélien Beauchêne7 päivää sitten
  • Surely this is a business opportunity. Question is, why haven't companies sprung up to offer the service people want to pay for?

    MUSTASCH1OMUSTASCH1O7 päivää sitten
    • You need very large investments before is good enough so that enough people use it to make enough money. You need to build railways, bus lines, stations and more. You need trains that cost millions each.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • Other western countries: Well public transport is pretty alright... Americans: Public transport? THATS SOCIALISM! WHERE IS MY FREEDOM

    matatetomatateto7 päivää sitten
    • Meanwhile Singapore added ~200% taxes on cars (1 of it is euphoniously called the "Additional Registration Fee") & limited the car population by requiring car buyers to bid for a legal document (called the Certificate of Entitlement) whose supply is controlled. The end result is that an entry-level Mercedes-Benz S class costs close to a Citaro ;)

      Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee6 päivää sitten
  • We learned from Hong Kong. Smaller buses for short routes that still serve people that commute from those routes

    AlphineWolfAlphineWolf7 päivää sitten
    • HK also has many smaller roads where the buildings are just as tall as on the main roads, since the territory is pretty dense populated, what more with ~70% of it's land being mountaneous. So smaller buses (16 seats each; no standing) are also more maneuverable along those smaller roads.

      Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee6 päivää sitten
  • And no one is talking about how Ford and other rich car makers bought almost all railway companies in the country just to abandon them and instead build more high ways and roads with the help of their politician amigos and force people to buy and drive cars. Look at what USA now compared to Europe. You can't even compare them. lol

    Jan RobertsJan Roberts7 päivää sitten
    • If only the car makers diversified into the rail business too

      Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee6 päivää sitten
  • Part of the reason why cars are so popular though is the freedom. You can drive straight to wherever you want. Im not saying we shouldn't invest in Public transport, but still

    Jack SkoskiewiczJack Skoskiewicz7 päivää sitten
    • You can go everywhere with a good public transport system too.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • so grateful to live in London

    Liza MazalovaLiza Mazalova8 päivää sitten
  • Koch brothers anyone?

    Lyz RuvalcabaLyz Ruvalcaba8 päivää sitten
  • It's part of the CTA, you can use your transit pass to connect with an intersecting bus line. There is the Metra and the CTA subway lines and the Amtrak system among others. It is not impossible or all that difficult to range around Chicago it is Illinois residents that are unwilling to utilize near by systems. If you use what systems are available they will further prosper and progressively demand further expansion. This is as good as it gets for suburban based sprawl if you want to balance for mass transit and heavy road and highway networks.

    pigtailsboypigtailsboy9 päivää sitten
  • I feel like these videos are very one sided can you please show more of the other side of the argument? Love these videos though thank you

    Tom RosedaleTom Rosedale9 päivää sitten
  • my city is in the thumbnail I’m so proud!

    Byzo!Byzo!9 päivää sitten
  • America only serves the upper and upper middle class. The rest of us are battered citizens

    Louisa ChalarkaLouisa Chalarka9 päivää sitten
  • Hey that’s what I noticed @ the start of any job

    Louisa ChalarkaLouisa Chalarka9 päivää sitten
  • All's dandy until transit workers go on strike.

    Joe AmericanJoe American9 päivää sitten
  • Is this video a joke? You intentionally left out US cities that have good public transit NYC, San Francisco Bay Area and focus only on smaller cities where public transit just doesn’t seem sustainable. Also public transit in Toronto is not great either.

    Eric WangEric Wang9 päivää sitten
    • But that's a tiny part of the overall problem. I live in Seattle and the public transport is a joke here. Going from one city to another requires either a car or a long bus drive

      Nate AnimatesNate Animates8 päivää sitten
  • Yall need to visit Korea and try the subway/bus/train system here. You can get to anywhere in the city with subway/bus system with a single transportation card and only costs 1~1.5dollars and you get discounts if you transfer.

    Jonathan ParkJonathan Park9 päivää sitten
  • I can make a cross-country travel with ease using public transport in China. The railway system is really world-class, in terms of size.

    Dennis WuDennis Wu9 päivää sitten
  • Just drive

    RawboneRawbone9 päivää sitten
  • Maybe Americans just love the freedom of driving. You get to go anywhere you want any time you want.

    whitefangvwhitefangv9 päivää sitten
    • Just like a good public transport system. I can also go anywhere here any time i want and i do not have a car. I can even do that when i am drunk. You can not drive when you are drunk.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
    • You'll have more freedom if more people took public transport, as less cars on the road mean less traffic. Not to mention, public transport boosts the economy since more people are able to work in cities.

      Nate AnimatesNate Animates8 päivää sitten
  • quebec city is exatly like the first cities you described, they even built un-crossable highways preventing pedestrians and cyclists from going anywhere. all public transits are well over 1 hour travel + 1 hour wait to reach your destination, we are litterally taken hostage. want to go shopping, what takes 15 min using a car, takes the entire day using public transport.

    Little BastardLittle Bastard9 päivää sitten
  • Half of detroit just disappear s in the before and after

    Ethan PinellaEthan Pinella9 päivää sitten
  • *me laughing in New Yorkian

    Harrison MuntnerHarrison Muntner10 päivää sitten
  • america is the land of wasted potential

    puytqiggsgfpuytqiggsgf10 päivää sitten
  • Anyone tried this on cities skyline?

    wh3resmycarwh3resmycar10 päivää sitten
  • As a German who lives in one of the biggest cities. It is baffeling to see how little space there is for pedestrians and how bad US public transport really is. I mean I can be faster in paris by train than any other option(messuaring door to door communte)

    Auno94Auno9410 päivää sitten
  • ride a bike jesus, it's the fastest, cheapest, healthiest, most environmentally-friendly and enjoyable way to get around.

    Nikola SirovicaNikola Sirovica10 päivää sitten
    • @Stephen Robertson Yeah, it's all relative. Literally every single city I've lived in has people claim 'it's too dangerous to bike here'. In the United States I'd argue that you have de-facto bike lanes in the majority of US suburbs that head into the city, because most streets have sidewalks that nobody uses and just stay empty. These could easily be converted into bike lanes, and expanded to have one section for pedestrians too. Even though overall i'm more of a fan of having streets with bike lanes instead of sidewalks with bike lanes.

      Nikola SirovicaNikola Sirovica8 päivää sitten
    • I think you forgot how lazy and obese americans are lol. In all seriousness though, many major cities are way behind with bike lanes and its actually quite dangerous to bike to work. I know several ppl who have been hit. Thankfully only minor injuries, but we cant even support bicycles right unfortunately.

      Stephen RobertsonStephen Robertson9 päivää sitten
  • Electric cars in the mix? Also, cities might be slowly dissolving as real estate becomes too expensive and remote work becomes more accepted

    Peter KuzminPeter Kuzmin10 päivää sitten
  • Americans are lazy to use Public transport . Even in India nowadays its becoming the same case . Each and every house has a 4 wheeler

    Clem AloyClem Aloy10 päivää sitten
  • Hold on. The example you showed, Charlotte vs Toronto ignores a couple of basics: The first is density, which, in this case is like 5:1, The 2nd is region: Charlotte, NC is in a historically sleepy area, far eclipsed by Toronto. The second example you chose, Chicago, is where I grew up (3100 North). I remember it as a pleasant 1/2 hour bus trip to the loop for a dime, courtesy a private company, the Chicago Motor Coach Co. As I lived near Sheridan Road, the El wasn't feasible. This was 1939-53.

    John LeachJohn Leach11 päivää sitten
  • Public transportation has two jobs. The first is to get me to where I need to go in a reasonably efficient manner so I mostly don't have to drive. The second is to keep as many cars as possible off the road (because people are riding the bus) so that driving isn't a hassle when I do drive.

    qwertyuiopqwertyuiop11 päivää sitten
  • Sigh* Toronto as a benchmark...... The bar is sure set rock bottom.....

    ssj4davidssj4david11 päivää sitten
  • I am 32, and have been living in Toronto since I was 18 years old. I have never had a car because the Toronto public transit system is one of the best in the world. Not perfect, obviously, but still a really good system. :D

    You Know NothingYou Know Nothing11 päivää sitten
    • Not really. Where you ever in Japan? Even Switzerland has a better public transport than Toronto, and we are a country with not much more people than Toronto.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • I take Toronto’s transit everyday, it’s terrible. These cities must be really bad then

    Jake McGaugheyJake McGaughey11 päivää sitten
  • I'm in TORONTO and we use ttc (public transport) all the time

    Cool slothCool sloth11 päivää sitten
  • Toronto got a shout out? *What it doo babbbbyyyy*

    JustMoseyinAroundJustMoseyinAround11 päivää sitten
  • The answer to those questions is very simple: the automobile and energy capitalists force you to spend more on vehicles and gasoline by creating inconvinient infrastructures such as the interstates crossing the cities downtown built in the 50s. It's exploitation in capitalism. (But I can imagine people in the US will disagree and defend the capitalists who exploit them...)

    Tor BaiTor Bai11 päivää sitten
  • 2:55 add Syracuse, NY to that list. In the late 50's early 60's a prodominently black neighborhood was razed in favor of a highway running through our city.

    Brandon MitchellBrandon Mitchell11 päivää sitten
  • Because the government doesn’t care about us, next

    Terrell LittletonTerrell Littleton11 päivää sitten
    • You need a direct democracy. Everything else is a pseudo democracy at best.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • They want u to buy a car.. that's it

    Kartikay BhardwajKartikay Bhardwaj11 päivää sitten
  • Sorry I was too harsh to TTC, really should forgive the rush hour shut down after watching this.

    MabelMabel12 päivää sitten
  • Build more lines that loop the city like beltways. When I was in Beijing, I could take trains that loop around the city.

    MayangoneMayangone12 päivää sitten
    • Singapore's planning to build another rail line (Cross-Island Line) circumventing downtown (though it's semi-circular instead of a circle as it's downtown is around a bay) but a controversy is it's planned route under a nature reserve, with naturists worried about some trees having to be cut to accommodate the soil investigation rigs that're employed prior to tunneling work. The government argues it's more environmentally friendly though as that routing is shorter than one detouring around the nature reserve, so less energy needs to be consumed by the trains. Maybe the routing under the reserve could be adjusted to follow the reserve's existing hiking trails as much as possible to minimise the environmental impact.

      Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee6 päivää sitten
  • All ontario transport is good except London it is worse than all of the states

    space_skelotonspace_skeloton12 päivää sitten
  • Whats good for gm is good for USA lol

    davidemmygdavidemmyg12 päivää sitten
  • Public Jet Skiis are an under utilized form of public transport

    Crunchy BunsCrunchy Buns12 päivää sitten
  • He only showed the transit for Toronto and not GTA. So that map is mainly downtown areas served by TTC, if you add in YRT, things don't look as nice and gridded

    Peng JHPPeng JHP12 päivää sitten
  • This is why I wish we’d abolish zoning laws, they’ve destroyed this country.

    TheZombaslayaTheZombaslaya12 päivää sitten
  • A combination of different things I think more train routes also better bus systems with more buses and more stops and more express buses would solve a lot of transit issues in like 99 percent of major cities in the us you could easily link all the suburbs with rail systems

    Nick CarrterNick Carrter12 päivää sitten
  • 4:19 This guy is the real Johnny English

    Viraj VoditelViraj Voditel12 päivää sitten
  • I was an exchange student, stayed in SC. I was surprised that I didn't find any public transportation. The only one I found was only school bus 😂

    Black FridayBlack Friday12 päivää sitten
  • Slow down with Toronto’s transit system. It still has major service issues, that frustrate people who don’t have vehicle access. Don’t be fooled by this video. Toronto is big, expensive, and hard to get around. Even on the best transit day. Toronto transit might look good on paper, but it needs more subways, and less bus routes. Ask anyone who lives here. The Kingston road 12 bus is the worst run bus route on the face of the earth.

    George Henry JrGeorge Henry Jr12 päivää sitten
  • Come to Tokyo....Problem Solved :D but one problem....no young people wants cars...ouch Toyota Honda Nissan

    Ryo MurataRyo Murata12 päivää sitten
  • I don't understand why Chicago can't build a sort of "north-south" rail line beginning at O'Hare that cuts through multiple existing lines.

    Y OY O12 päivää sitten
  • Americans: Because public transport is communism, they deprive you of your freedom of driving and dictate where you from where you go

    RayRay12 päivää sitten
  • And racist city planners destroyed mostly black families neighborhoods.

    Rey NoldsRey Nolds13 päivää sitten
  • I think people in these comments don't realize that the US can't simply imitate Japan or European countries. When you don't have the requisite density, it just doesn't make sense to establish a transit system that is similar to those countries. When your average density is 1000-3000 per square mile, a light rail or subway is just a waste of money. This is why this video point to Toronto as an example. You can't build transit with density and you can't build density without transit. Thus, the most practical and the most politically feasible solution would be to promote density along existing transit lines (through rezoning, etc.). And as density increases along these transit lines, you could slowly accumulate enough political support to invest more in their expansion. Meanwhile, buses are easier to expand but must be paired with light rail or subways to become useful. In Chicago's case, there is actually a bus route that leads you from Avondale to Ellwood Park that requires you to transfer once. However, even with a very short layover, it would take an hour and 12 minutes. Compare that to driving and it is very obvious what choices people would make. So unless there is a transit network anchored by efficient light rail, simply funding buses more would not increase transit usage in any meaningful way.

    Shang LiShang Li13 päivää sitten
    • We talk about cities. Here in Switzerland we have 207 people/km^2, a city has a much higher density and we still have better public transport than most cities of the USA.

      ggzh a Argue With Everyoneggzh a Argue With Everyone3 päivää sitten
  • As somebody who doesn't have a car or a drivers license I am all for making cities/towns more transit orient.

    Tora BlackTora Black13 päivää sitten
  • Every Vox video- govt sux Every Vox Video - lets make it bigger.

    David WarshawDavid Warshaw13 päivää sitten
    • Not bigger. Better. If you have a government that isn't influenced by special interests from large companies then good things can actually get done.

      gijs _kgijs _k13 päivää sitten
  • In Moscow when people have to wait longer than 2 minutes for a metro train they start to complain... We literally have seconds countdown on metro stations. And live minute countdown on bus stops. There's also live GPS tracking of every bus and most buses are EVs in 2020. And you can pay for public transit directly with Apple pay or Google pay. And Russia isn't even a first world country... I love America but I'm not a fan of this car culture.

    Sasha ArugulaSasha Arugula13 päivää sitten
  • The suburbs don’t want public transit because they think it will bring poor people into them. That’s why Georgetown in dc doesn’t have trains that run through it

    MaxMax13 päivää sitten
  • Kanye said this already

    The Moon Vibez37The Moon Vibez3714 päivää sitten
  • Looks like Vox haden't more reasearch on how bad USA's public transit to the System in Toronto. Despite it having more destintations than the USA it's equally bad when it comes when it comes to other forms of transit such as buses and LRT systems in and outside its area. Inconisitant schudules and delays are pretty common due to the high traffic or other circumstance may ruin your experance using it's transit system.

    LeChienNLeChienN14 päivää sitten
  • The American railway system is also very bad. Not sure why that's the case, but if the Republicans want to favor rural areas and look back to the good old days, then building a cheap and reliable railway system for the whole country like Americans did back in the 1880s should get their approval?

    Cosmia's StashCosmia's Stash14 päivää sitten
  • Main reason is billionaires who has stakes in businesses who stand to lose billions if not their entire businesses because of public transportation becoming the main form of transit for the population. Simplest solution to fix public transportation is getting money out of politics and actually having politicians working for the people and not corporations.

    JozhJozh14 päivää sitten
  • Someone's gotta pay for it. If only it were as everyone makes it out to be.

    hasbeendrummerhasbeendrummer14 päivää sitten
  • For someone who lives in Charlotte and that's not how our transit system works.

    CommunisThanosCommunisThanos14 päivää sitten
  • would you say the Japanese has the power to make that happen? Afterall they don't even know what a real delay is.

    Kodi MariusKodi Marius14 päivää sitten
  • I would love to take public transit to work. Instead I have an hour commute in and out of New Orleans. The difference in wages and cost of living causes people to live far from work.

    Kik RothschildKik Rothschild14 päivää sitten