Why American public transit is so bad | 2020 Election

Most Americans have no choice but to drive. How do we change that?
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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cities, it's extremely difficult to get around without a car, in part due to public transit systems built to serve an outdated commute.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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  1. Daryll Joseph H. Ugpo

    Daryll Joseph H. Ugpo

    Цагийн өмнө

    I slightly appreciate the TTC more now. Slightly

  2. jason mintz channel

    jason mintz channel

    Цагийн өмнө

    *laughs in New York*

  3. seet3990

    seet3990

    2 цагийн өмнө

    As a Torontonian im offended you used us as an example of good trasit. Its old, overcrowded and highly limited. Sure, we can get someone from one street to another on a regularly scheduled bus, but we fail to get large populations to the areas they need to get to, like from the suburbs to downtown. Our Yonge Line is the most heavily used line in North America and it is overcrowded, delays, and breaks constantly. Europe and Asia figured it out, not Canada.

  4. Ghost Cowboy

    Ghost Cowboy

    4 цагийн өмнө

    Waste of money, driving cars is awesome why down grade lol what is wrong with people you can drive all over the United States with a couple grand and see tons of beautiful things but you want busses every where ?!?! Europe is designed the way it is because historically people don't drive cars in Europe hence the name old world and new world where we drive cars

    • Joseph O'

      Joseph O'

      2 цагийн өмнө

      I mean, some cities have awful car traffic, and public transport is better for the environment.

    • Ghost Cowboy

      Ghost Cowboy

      3 цагийн өмнө

      Also, how about we fix the infrastructure the American workers have spent their lives building for us and spend money on fixing whats already here and making improvements

  5. Mr Iz

    Mr Iz

    6 цагийн өмнө

    Or follow Melbourne, Australia way of forcing people take the trains. Charge the parking by $20/hr minimally downtown. But intersuburb connections are ok there. Not as fantastic as Asian cities like Singapore and Taipei.

  6. Shri Ganesh

    Shri Ganesh

    8 цагийн өмнө

    Me watching & thinking "how to improve america's public transport" during midnight in India just after watching "How to improve your sleep"...I don't know why??😅😉

  7. Yan Hai

    Yan Hai

    8 цагийн өмнө

    American problem A: Oil company. B: Automobile company. C: A government that represents the interests of capitalists.

  8. Tee Dub

    Tee Dub

    8 цагийн өмнө

    Because it's run by Government.

  9. Maddox Magennis

    Maddox Magennis

    9 цагийн өмнө

    And I thought Toronto was bad

  10. Samuel On

    Samuel On

    9 цагийн өмнө

    Ridership is at an all time low, even in Toronto. This is not feasible, it took multiple years to have our street cars built. This cannot be done in weeks, it needs to be well thought out to be sustainable. Toronto's TTC Transit required the federal government and provincial government to support it, because ridership cannot sustain it and actually are in tremendously debt due to COVID-19. If you can afford the suburbs, you know that you will need a car. Who would give up their car in this climate of covid? A car is such an asset, groceries, kids drop off and pick up, driving family, buying stuff. Imagine doing that on the bus, and dealing with the stop being far away nd having to walk all that, for example carry your groceries 10mins when you buy for a family of 5. Transit should stay in downtown to outer rim, subway's should extend far out to the suburbs so cars can park and subway to the core. That how Toronto has some of it's routes and its amazing.

  11. Levar Mitchell

    Levar Mitchell

    10 цагийн өмнө

    I swear Vox is always trashing the United States on every issue.

  12. Vishal S

    Vishal S

    10 цагийн өмнө

    Nothing is built in-or-for Public Interest in CAPITALISM

  13. Roselyne Jang

    Roselyne Jang

    12 цагийн өмнө

    still much better than Thailand

  14. John Boudreaux

    John Boudreaux

    12 цагийн өмнө

    Chicago: my transportation system is bad Birmingham: your transportation system is bad, I have the worst one in the nation

    • Joseph O'

      Joseph O'

      2 цагийн өмнө

      Arlington, TX: You guys have public transport?

  15. Mark

    Mark

    12 цагийн өмнө

    I live in Budapest and I pay $12 per month for the unlimited public transport ticket, which works 24/7 all around the city. I've never taken a taxi nor drove a single kilometer by car. The public transportation is made for people.

  16. Dejan Džunja

    Dejan Džunja

    13 цагийн өмнө

    You should analyze Moscow public transport, it is one of the worlds best. 50 US cents for a whole ride, from point A to point B with interchanges; this includes trams, metro and buses. Not to mention that metro is constantly being expanded, and it connects a lot of suburbs. 7 million people a day use Moscow transport.

  17. Bee

    Bee

    19 цагийн өмнө

    Vox I have a challenge for you make a video about something the U.S does right

  18. NYCST

    NYCST

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  19. sandy Jp

    sandy Jp

    Өдрийн өмнө

    You all have a public transport?

  20. Michael Yu

    Michael Yu

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Never thought Toronto would be an example for public transit 😂

  21. Nicholas Afxentiou

    Nicholas Afxentiou

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Why not focus on making the roads bigger and more efficient? Cars aren't going away anytime soon.

    • Tee Dub

      Tee Dub

      8 цагийн өмнө

      Computers and 6G will accomplish this.

  22. sandlandfever 1

    sandlandfever 1

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    when you figure nina lives in the same neighborhood as you

  23. Lanz Pejoto

    Lanz Pejoto

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Coom

  24. Lanz Pejoto

    Lanz Pejoto

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Shiy

  25. Armando Magdaleno

    Armando Magdaleno

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    🚌

  26. Anthony Strunk

    Anthony Strunk

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    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!

  27. sigis sigis

    sigis sigis

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  28. Ronald Rhoda

    Ronald Rhoda

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  29. Stefanie Gentry

    Stefanie Gentry

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    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 Gentry

      Stefanie Gentry

      3 өдрийн өмнө

      Or an hour bike ride, which is not bad if one has a bike.

  30. Jochem

    Jochem

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    This is the most useful Johnny English has been thus far.

  31. Leonardo di parma

    Leonardo di parma

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  32. Quiet Fries

    Quiet Fries

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Anyone from Toronto? Toronto Gang Rise up

  33. Jack Frost

    Jack Frost

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Bring back Johnny Harris

  34. P. Wingert

    P. Wingert

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    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. Wingert

      P. Wingert

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      @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.

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      @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.

    • P. Wingert

      P. Wingert

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      @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!

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      Public transport is saver than cars. There are less accidents and the accidents are less deathly.

  35. zawi

    zawi

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Canada good us bad

  36. Your Colors6

    Your Colors6

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    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

    • Tee Dub

      Tee Dub

      8 цагийн өмнө

      I was on a train in Hawaii. The Dole plantation has one.

    • Stefanie Gentry

      Stefanie Gentry

      3 өдрийн өмнө

      It makes me want to puke when I think of the exploitation of Hawaii🤢🤮🤧🥴😭

  37. Erin McAfee

    Erin McAfee

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    I love public transit. It just doesn’t work for me where I live.

  38. Felix The Cat

    Felix The Cat

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Driving is such a miserable experience, why are people so obsessed with this lifestyle?

  39. freakylocz14

    freakylocz14

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  40. The Dom

    The Dom

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  41. azrin awang ali

    azrin awang ali

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    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

    • Stefanie Gentry

      Stefanie Gentry

      3 өдрийн өмнө

      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?

  42. Exauce Mayunga

    Exauce Mayunga

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Because everything is the opposite in America

  43. Maximus Gagnon

    Maximus Gagnon

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    The person who invents a human teleporter will be a trilionaire in days.

  44. M K

    M K

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    It's Trump's fault 😂🤣

  45. america erica

    america erica

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    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....

  46. Ethan Brink

    Ethan Brink

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    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 Brink

      Ethan Brink

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      @ggzh a Argue With Everyone Thanks. It does make more sense when you put it that way :)

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      - 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.

  47. seqka711

    seqka711

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  48. Vivian Loney

    Vivian Loney

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  49. Immanuel J

    Immanuel J

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  50. Hudson Bakke

    Hudson Bakke

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    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?

  51. Aurélien Beauchêne

    Aurélien Beauchêne

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    If only DBZ-like teleportation could be real...

  52. MUSTASCH1O

    MUSTASCH1O

    8 өдрийн өмнө

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

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  53. matateto

    matateto

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Other western countries: Well public transport is pretty alright... Americans: Public transport? THATS SOCIALISM! WHERE IS MY FREEDOM

    • Zhi Han Lee

      Zhi Han Lee

      7 өдрийн өмнө

      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 ;)

  54. AlphineWolf

    AlphineWolf

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    We learned from Hong Kong. Smaller buses for short routes that still serve people that commute from those routes

    • Zhi Han Lee

      Zhi Han Lee

      7 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  55. Jan Roberts

    Jan Roberts

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    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

    • Zhi Han Lee

      Zhi Han Lee

      7 өдрийн өмнө

      If only the car makers diversified into the rail business too

  56. Jack Skoskiewicz

    Jack Skoskiewicz

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    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

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      You can go everywhere with a good public transport system too.

  57. Liza Mazalova

    Liza Mazalova

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    so grateful to live in London

  58. Lyz Ruvalcaba

    Lyz Ruvalcaba

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Koch brothers anyone?

  59. pigtailsboy

    pigtailsboy

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  60. Tom Rosedale

    Tom Rosedale

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  61. Byzo!

    Byzo!

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    my city is in the thumbnail I’m so proud!

  62. Louisa Chalarka

    Louisa Chalarka

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    America only serves the upper and upper middle class. The rest of us are battered citizens

  63. Louisa Chalarka

    Louisa Chalarka

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey that’s what I noticed @ the start of any job

  64. Joe American

    Joe American

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    All's dandy until transit workers go on strike.

  65. Eric Wang

    Eric Wang

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

    • Nate Animates

      Nate Animates

      9 өдрийн өмнө

      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

  66. Jonathan Park

    Jonathan Park

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  67. Dennis Wu

    Dennis Wu

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  68. Rawbone

    Rawbone

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Just drive

  69. whitefangv

    whitefangv

    10 өдрийн өмнө

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

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

    • Nate Animates

      Nate Animates

      9 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  70. Little Bastard

    Little Bastard

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  71. Ethan Pinella

    Ethan Pinella

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Half of detroit just disappear s in the before and after

  72. Harrison Muntner

    Harrison Muntner

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    *me laughing in New Yorkian

  73. puytqiggsgf

    puytqiggsgf

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    america is the land of wasted potential

  74. wh3resmycar

    wh3resmycar

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Anyone tried this on cities skyline?

  75. Auno94

    Auno94

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    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)

  76. Nikola Sirovica

    Nikola Sirovica

    11 өдрийн өмнө

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

    • Nikola Sirovica

      Nikola Sirovica

      9 өдрийн өмнө

      @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.

    • Stephen Robertson

      Stephen Robertson

      10 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  77. Peter Kuzmin

    Peter Kuzmin

    11 өдрийн өмнө

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

  78. Clem Aloy

    Clem Aloy

    11 өдрийн өмнө

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

  79. John Leach

    John Leach

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  80. qwertyuiop

    qwertyuiop

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  81. ssj4david

    ssj4david

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Sigh* Toronto as a benchmark...... The bar is sure set rock bottom.....

  82. You Know Nothing

    You Know Nothing

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    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

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  83. Jake McGaughey

    Jake McGaughey

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    I take Toronto’s transit everyday, it’s terrible. These cities must be really bad then

  84. Cool sloth

    Cool sloth

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    I'm in TORONTO and we use ttc (public transport) all the time

  85. JustMoseyinAround

    JustMoseyinAround

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Toronto got a shout out? *What it doo babbbbyyyy*

  86. Tor Bai

    Tor Bai

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    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...)

  87. Brandon Mitchell

    Brandon Mitchell

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  88. Terrell Littleton

    Terrell Littleton

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Because the government doesn’t care about us, next

    • ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      ggzh a Argue With Everyone

      4 өдрийн өмнө

      You need a direct democracy. Everything else is a pseudo democracy at best.

  89. Kartikay Bhardwaj

    Kartikay Bhardwaj

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    They want u to buy a car.. that's it

  90. Mabel

    Mabel

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Sorry I was too harsh to TTC, really should forgive the rush hour shut down after watching this.

  91. Mayangone

    Mayangone

    13 өдрийн өмнө

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

    • Zhi Han Lee

      Zhi Han Lee

      7 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

  92. space_skeloton

    space_skeloton

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    All ontario transport is good except London it is worse than all of the states

  93. davidemmyg

    davidemmyg

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Whats good for gm is good for USA lol

  94. Crunchy Buns

    Crunchy Buns

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Public Jet Skiis are an under utilized form of public transport

  95. Peng JHP

    Peng JHP

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  96. TheZombaslaya

    TheZombaslaya

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    This is why I wish we’d abolish zoning laws, they’ve destroyed this country.

  97. Nick Carrter

    Nick Carrter

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  98. Viraj Voditel

    Viraj Voditel

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    4:19 This guy is the real Johnny English

  99. Ay Mate

    Ay Mate

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    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 😂

  100. George Henry Jr

    George Henry Jr

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

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