Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US


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  • Sky 201
    Sky 201  10 hours back

    short answer : almost everyone have cars so the government put less efforts on the public transportation

    *interstate engineers hate them a lot*

    • Xander
      Xander  2 days back

      I'm so glad i live in san diego, worst case scenario i walk 10/15 minutes if a bus is running too late.

      • Hylia Beilschmidt
        Hylia Beilschmidt  2 days back

        Great video aside from the fact you used Scotland as an example for good public transport when the reverse is true. Trains in UK are notoriously expensive (the most expensive in Europe) and buses are becoming more unaffordable for the working class every year since they are owned by private companies which have monopolies over areas so people have no choice but pay up.

        London is an exception, it’s really affordable in comparison to the rest of UK

        • Lafv
          Lafv  3 days back

          I'm writing an essay about public transportation, and I'm looking for that Harvard study that claimed that access to transportation decreased poverty. I'm pretty sure I found the study that you showed on screen in the video (about neighbourhoods and mobility) but I've looked through it and it doesn't seem to even mention transportation, let alone make that bold claim. Would it be possible to let me know where exactly you got that information? That would be super helpful.

          • Shadialoth圣凌夜
            Shadialoth圣凌夜  4 days back

            4:56 Pershonal Freedon xD

            • AMOD PATASKAR
              AMOD PATASKAR  4 days back

              It was all about auto industry lobbying and forcing government to promote road building, public transport was always better

              • Refuse Kid15
                Refuse Kid15  5 days back

                My home city, Portland, Oregon, has got buses. 4. Days. We also have got a frick ton of intercity trains that take you from the western suburbs, to downtown in like, 20 minutes. Where as the car takes 45-60 minutes to travel that same distance. And.. downtown Portland has got an astronomically large number of street cars. A few years ago, the city completed construction on a bridge that can only be used by street cars and bikes.

                • Stashowsky
                  Stashowsky  5 days back

                  Why everything sucks in America

                  • The Chronicles of SSS
                    The Chronicles of SSS  5 days back

                    you can pretty much blame General Motors for everything that is wrong with worldwide public transport

                    • James Simmons
                      James Simmons  6 days back

                      i'm amused that while he's talking about antiquated systems, he's showing clips of the WMATA. which is probably the newest and most reliable system in the US.

                      • jgrab6
                        jgrab6  7 days back

                        I live in Melbourne, Australia and the public transport system here isn't perfect by any means but it covers almost the entire city area with trains, trams and buses, and our cities sprawl out like the USA. So there's really no excuse for sprawling cities over there. Plus they are building a couple of new metro systems as well, Sydney got one recently.

                        • kevin Smith
                          kevin Smith  7 days back

                          It help me understand how smart China is.

                          • Connor Alford
                            Connor Alford  1 weeks back

                            As with most American, I inherited the car I still drive at 20 from my parents when I was 17. This car is a pickup truck, however, and guzzles gas. It's better than any affordable car option out there because any car under 10k is extremely unreliable unless you have a mechanic in your family willing to work on it for free for you, so I'm kinda just stuck with it. I'm grateful to have it, but the amount of gas it consumes makes paying to get anywhere expensive. Whenever I've helped a friend get anywhere I have to ask for gas money, not because the money I'm asking is paying for all the gas I spent, but because I can't afford to spend 15 dollars every time someone asks me to help them out. In addition, Ive had to give up jobs because I was making pennies by the time my gas bill to get there was factored in. And I'm the lucky one who at least has a car to drive in America that doesn't break down every 2 months like many of my friends. I think the freedom argument is pretty compelling, I'm not going to lie, but I also think that argument was suited to freedom in 1954. Its changed, and now my personal freedom has been severely limited by living in a city where my only option is to drive. I think we in America should make the personal freedom argument for public transportation. I think it would resonate very well.

                            • StillSalty
                              StillSalty  1 weeks back

                              And thats why americans have sisch a gigantic carbon footprint

                              • Mish S
                                Mish S  1 weeks back

                                Climate Change is fake and gay.

                                • trig biggers
                                  trig biggers  1 weeks back

                                  Americans generally like larger homes with large front and back yards, 2-3 car garages and not hearing their neighbors. A large chunk of Americans live in suburban neighborhoods full of these homes. Unlike most of the large cities worldwide which are apartment/condo based and have higher population density, Americans generally prefer space and are willing to add drive time to keep their spacious environs.

                                  • Shreeraj Salunke
                                    Shreeraj Salunke  1 weeks back

                                    Why is it that every time the US messes something up, a corporation or a businessman is involved and directly benefits from it?

                                    • LUpilot2012
                                      LUpilot2012  1 weeks back

                                      I guess it’s a good thing I live in Chicago with amazing public transit

                                      • Eke van der Zee
                                        Eke van der Zee  1 weeks back

                                        So running everything as a seperate for profit organisation might not be in the country's interest?

                                        • Lofty Hume
                                          Lofty Hume  1 weeks back

                                          Public transportation is socialism.

                                          • Erikk kenneth Deneke
                                            Erikk kenneth Deneke  1 weeks back

                                            I went from a train from Florida to North Carolina and I can say is the worts train I've ever been in. More than 25 hours in a fucking train.

                                            • Chung Chung Fang
                                              Chung Chung Fang  2 weeks back

                                              Why are buses bad (4:30)?!
                                              Dedicated bus lanes have much higher utilisation as it's shared between many routes. Surface light rail occupy trafficable space but the track remains empty except for the occasional service on a single route.

                                              • Elvijs Lasis
                                                Elvijs Lasis  2 weeks back

                                                Access to effective public transportation can come easily together with car-people. When it comes to work and other "boring" stuff (from logistics way point) - it is much easier to use transport where person can be passenger. And use extra energy from additional free time to have some nice road-trips during weekends or when need car for bigger stuff.

                                                • Nico Agus Wibiantoro
                                                  Nico Agus Wibiantoro  2 weeks back

                                                  Oh well
                                                  China has better infrastructure than the US
                                                  After huawei take over apple’s from the throne
                                                  Now time for another sector takeover by Chinese

                                                  • SAINT
                                                    SAINT  2 weeks back

                                                    It says a lot when Scottish public transport is seen as good.

                                                    • Joao Fabiano
                                                      Joao Fabiano  2 weeks back

                                                      It's amazing he never thought of comparing commute time between NYC and LA.

                                                      • Joao Fabiano
                                                        Joao Fabiano  2 weeks back

                                                        This is like asking why Telegraph System sucks in the US, but not in Congo. It's an outdated thing, Europe has it better because it's living in the past and is socialist.

                                                        • pais de ratas
                                                          pais de ratas  1 weeks back

                                                          Most of USA's infrastructure is D+

                                                        • Vital Mark
                                                          Vital Mark  1 weeks back

                                                          Europe is most definitely not living in the past. American infrastructure is the one that's crumbling

                                                      • Randy Newton
                                                        Randy Newton  2 weeks back

                                                        Here are a few reasons why many people don’t like public transportation in the U.S.:  Drug Users Take Over Corridors Of San Francisco Civic Center BART Station (https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/04/25/drug-users-san-francisco-civic-center-bart/): 20 percent increase in homeless living in NYC subway, MTA task force finds (https://abc7ny.com/traffic/mta-finds-increase-in-nyc-subway-homeless/5591962/) etc etc etc. San Fran and NYC have a large amount of public transportation so please stop with the bullshit that increasing public transportation leads to the ability to escape poverty.

                                                        • Mr. Niu Si
                                                          Mr. Niu Si  2 weeks back

                                                          this video starts strong and then morphs into political vomit.

                                                          • Logmankixass12
                                                            Logmankixass12  2 weeks back

                                                            I love public transportation but I see the overwhelming advantage of having a car and being able to go ANYWHERE ANYTIME without having to wait on someone else's schedule
                                                            , travel along a specific route, or be with other people

                                                            • Daniel ダニアル
                                                              Daniel ダニアル  2 weeks back

                                                              I can't live without public transportations especially metro rail

                                                              • Hayden Cutrone
                                                                Hayden Cutrone  2 weeks back

                                                                In Toronto there are street cars and subway and buses and there are buses everywhere near the city

                                                                • Hayden Cutrone
                                                                  Hayden Cutrone  2 weeks back

                                                                  Toronto and sanfransico are the only 2 cites in north America are the only 2 cites with good streetcars

                                                                  • Benjamin Wu
                                                                    Benjamin Wu  2 weeks back

                                                                    New Yorkers in 2019: Don’t take the subway. it’s slow, expensive, humid, and they have problems all the time

                                                                    • zoloft dependant
                                                                      zoloft dependant  2 weeks back

                                                                      i'd never be caught dead on a bus or train, or even a car for that matter, when cruising on a yammie is such an amazing experience.

                                                                      • Mogwai the kitten
                                                                        Mogwai the kitten  2 weeks back

                                                                        What about Chicago

                                                                        • notmac1853
                                                                          notmac1853  2 weeks back

                                                                          I wake up at 4 am every day to catch a bus so I can make it to class by 8AM for a class 20 minutes away by car. Public transportation is so slow here that I spend anywhere from 6-8 hours every day just riding the bus to get to places 20 minutes away by car. It is absolutely pitiful.

                                                                          • DorianCroatia20
                                                                            DorianCroatia20  2 weeks back

                                                                            I live in Croatia, 26 years old, and still don't think about buying a car. I live in a village 50 kilometers away from capitol city. My job is 20 minutes walking from home. I had grocery store, pharmacy, bank and post within 5 minutes walking from home. Every week day I have 10 trains per day to capitol city and similar amount of train or bus lines to literally any nearby and medium-distanced city, town or village if I need to run some errand that is , for instance, not possible to do in my city but in the city 20 or 30 kilometers away. There are even few lines per day on Saturdays and Sundays. Only downside is that our trains are quiet slow due to poor infrastructure. But the good thing is that currently thanks to EU fundings, we are upgrading most of our network.

                                                                            • first last
                                                                              first last  3 weeks back

                                                                              Bicycles can also be a good way to get around a city.

                                                                              • Moises Garcia Marquez
                                                                                Moises Garcia Marquez  3 weeks back

                                                                                "The United States once had the best public transportation system in the world" Ahahahahaahahah. Wait... hahahahahaha.

                                                                                • Aske Laszkiewicz
                                                                                  Aske Laszkiewicz  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Tram. Not. Street. Car.

                                                                                  • Mozilla Torsh
                                                                                    Mozilla Torsh  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Come in Italy lol

                                                                                    • Aaron Hart
                                                                                      Aaron Hart  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I notice that you show TRAX light rail which is owned by Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and services all of Salt Lake City. UTA in general means I can travel all over the Wasatch Valley without the need for owning a car! Plus, if you use it regularly you can buy a pass that reduces the fare you pay per trip or buy an inexpensive monthly pass that allows for unlimited trips. We even have a train that connects Ogden -> Salt Lake City -> Provo making travel across cities even faster.

                                                                                      • RaymondHng
                                                                                        RaymondHng  3 weeks back

                                                                                        So how long does it take to travel from Ogden to Provo on the 750 versus in a car?

                                                                                    • Believe Vs
                                                                                      Believe Vs  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Nice video NYC has a good public transportation system

                                                                                    • Beatrice Gliaudelyte
                                                                                      Beatrice Gliaudelyte  3 weeks back

                                                                                      And then there's me in Vilnius, who's been using public transport since I was 7 or 8

                                                                                      • Vanessa
                                                                                        Vanessa  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Can you really not survive without a car in Dallas? I’ve heard such good things about the DART but then in this video they say you can’t

                                                                                        • Vanessa
                                                                                          Vanessa  3 weeks back

                                                                                          What are the cities with the best public transportation in Southern States?

                                                                                          • RaymondHng
                                                                                            RaymondHng  3 weeks back

                                                                                            For a list of all (not the best) light rail systems in the United States, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_rail_in_the_United_States#Second-generation_systems

                                                                                        • Max Headrom
                                                                                          Max Headrom  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Nice one! It seems the auto industry played a quite heavy hand on this issue.