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The State of Public Transit

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Monday, November 26, 2012 11:14 EST

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warren_K
warren_K  
3/15/2013 4:13:21 AM
User Rank Village Voice
The State of Public Transit
Public transit is truly efficient for those who don't own vehicles. Probably, the latest report is a proof of how efficient it is to commuters. Despite disasters and financial cutbacks, public transit in the United States had a record year in 2012. Much of that was driven by higher gasoline costs, progressively heavy traffic and a recovering job market.

Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané  
2/5/2013 3:48:54 AM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Very efficient
Venks, 

Yes, I understand. I would do the same if I were in your shoes. So that's the point of this poll, to see how much governments need to focus more on improving the public transit. 

One option that is gaining popularity is the use of electric vehicles. There are also companies where you can rent a vehicle for the time you need it. This reduces the number of vehicles that are circulating in the streets, and contributes to protecting the environment from too much air pollution.

-Susan 

Venks
Venks  
2/5/2013 3:34:00 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Very efficient
Yes it because I have to wait for a long time.

I have lived in Mumbai and Bangalore earlier.  The public transport system there is awesome with very good connectivity from one point to another. But recently I have shifted to Pune. Here the public transport system sucks. And since Pune is not such a small place that I can quickly walk around and get my wok done, I prefer  to use my own personal vehicle.

Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané  
2/5/2013 3:21:27 AM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Very efficient
Venks, 

Is that because you have to wait for a long time, or something else? 

When I can walk to the places I need to go, I usually walk instead of using public transport. I find it's a good way of exercising at the same time you are doing something else -like going to a meeting-. Helsinki is not so big, so you can do that if you live close to downtown. 

However, in winter I usally take trams. I hate buses no matter how good the service can be in comparison with other places. I hate buses everywhere. The good thing is that I rarely have to take one.  

-Susan 

Venks
Venks  
2/5/2013 2:40:03 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Very efficient
You are very lucky, Susan. I do not feel like to use the public transport as it wastes a lot of time for here in India. Instead I use my personal vehicle just to zooom around and finish of my work quickly.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/5/2012 10:25:27 AM
User Rank Staff
I'm really on the fence
I have extensive experience of the New Jersey transit system, and I'm not sure I would call it efficient. It's clunky and uneven. Sometimes it's grand, sometimes it's horrible. When there are problems, they are frequently the result of too much traffic. Commuter buses are crowded and uncomfortable.

Perhaps it's a feat that it works as well as it does. I am just not sure.

Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané  
11/29/2012 10:00:33 AM
User Rank City Slicker
Very efficient
It's very efficient in Helsinki. 

-Susan

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/28/2012 8:47:50 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: nationwide?
I agree with you -- it would be really great to do an in-depth study, getting information from a whole range of specific places. Actually, if you're curious about US cities, I believe the Brookings Institute did an interesting study last year. I recommend checking it out.

For our purposes, though, at least for this particular poll, since it's just a quick, multiple choice poll, we're just getting a general sense of how people in global cities feel about their public transit. But my hope is that we can get into a deeper dialogue here on the boards about specific cities, what the problems are, etc. 

mpranikoff
mpranikoff  
11/28/2012 12:28:08 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: nationwide?
I think it would be helpful to have a little more context with this poll.  Such as urban area or even state or country....but I do understand that this is also then a multiple question poll.  Still very interesting data nonetheless. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/26/2012 1:09:51 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: nationwide?
Thanks for weighing in. It's worldwide, really, but it's especially helpful for people to weigh in on the message boards regarding their location and specific transit woes. So thanks for letting us know!

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