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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2855 times:

As a Mass Transit freak aswell, I've been curious at what type of Mass Transit systems you have in your cities.

So what type of Mass Transit do you have in your city or nearby city? Mass Transit includes buses, commuter rail, trolleys, subways, light-rail, etc. Whats the name of your local Mass Transit company?

The transit company in Denver is the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD).

In Denver we have buses, LOTS of buses.
Regular buses

Articuldated buses

16th Street FREE Mall Shuttle Hybrid-Electric Buses. These buses are not diesel power but instead have a 70 horsepower Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine which provides power to a pair of electric DC motors geared to the axles. They pollute less than a small passenger car with a single passenger. These are used on a 1 mile long street that is full of shops, restaurants, and all sorts of entertainment. No cars are allowed on the street. Only the shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. These buses are also free.

Denver also has a 14 mile Light-Rail line with several other lines totaling 105 miles planned for the future. Most of the time they always have 2 cars hooked together. Just very early in the morning and very late at night when there is less ridership they use 1 car only.

3 miles of the line the Light-Rail winds its way through downtown streets:

The other 11 miles of the line, the Light-Rail goes on regular tracks like a regular commuter train. Stops are farther apart here (1 to 2 miles apart) and the trains reach speeds of up to 50 mph at this point.

Right now they're constructing a 1.8 mile extension that goes through the heart of Denver's fast growing entertainment center stopping at the football stadium, Six Flags theme park, and terminating at Union Station (old Railroad station).

Does your city have any sort of mass transit system that connects the airport with the city?

Unfortunately, all Denver has is a big coach bus called "Skyride" which stops at a few major points in Denver on its way to the airport.

There are plans for a 90mph train that connects downtown Denver and Denver Int'l (DEN) in under 30 minutes in the near future.

So, what transit do you have in your city?


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2748 times:

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)


User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2743 times:

We have Translink in Greater Vancouver.

West Coast Express

They just had a strike earlier this year.

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 2738 times:

Portland, OR, also has a fairly extensive, well utilized light rail system.


Los Angeles, of course, has a dismal mass transit system, although it should be said that effort has been made in recent years. This is a post I wrote on the subject a little while back.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 2731 times:

Philadelphia has SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)

We have commuter rail systems branching out all over the Philadelphia Metro Area, as far as 40 to 50 miles from Center City

There is also a pretty extensive bus system that covers the 'burbs and Center City...

We also have a subway that runs up and down Broad Street, which is a major street within the city limits, but Ive heard its not good...


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User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

In Montreal, we have the MUCTC (Montreal Urban Community Transportation Corporation), and that's STCUM in French. It operates:

A very extensive bus service (1,600 vehicles I think)

and our famous, rubber-wheeled Metro system (65 stations, 759 subway cars for about 84 full size trains)

One last note, the trains are made by Bombardier, the same company that manufactures the CRJ regional jets. The order of these trains back in 1966 started Bombardier's growth into the giant it is today.

User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Sucks! DART, while the light rail, which, unfortunately, is just in its infancy, and the Trinity River Express are high points, overall, DART is terrible.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

For a small community of about 80,000 we are fortunate to have the mass transit that we have, even though it is only busses. There are three bus operators:

Cambus (My Employer! - I drive a bus)
Iowa City Transit
Coralville Transit

Photo by C.

This is one of the busses that I drive. We go all around the U of I campus, mainly giving students who live in remote housing rides to central campus as well as many hospital employees a ride in from the commuter lots. Since central campus is also right in downtown, we also give many people rides who are just looking to go downtown, especially students going out drinking on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. We charge no fare and are open to all members of the general public (a commie bastard's frickin' dream I know). We only stop on or very near university property as to not step on the toes of Iowa City Transit or Coralville Transit.

I don't know too much about ICT or Coralville Transit (no photo available) because I've never rode on their busses because I drive everywhere I nee to go  Big grin .

User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Here in Melbourne, Australia, we have quite an extensive rail system around the city, with many rail stations, in just about every suburb. Melbourne also has a smalelr, but effective tram(cable car)/light rail system, which is mostly present in inner-city suburbs, and we also have an extensive bus system, which fills the gaps between the trains and trams.



User currently offlineEric505 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 592 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

The only time I've been to Denver I almost killed myself going the wrong way on a one way street- I think the street was Broadway?

Anyway, I am very interested in Denver's mass transit so from now on I dont have to drive.

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life
User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

In Columbus, we have a bus system called COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority). They were talking about putting a light rail system in as well, but I haven't heard much about that lately. There is bus service that connects CMH to downtown Columbus. I believe that it goes nonstop from the airport to the Hyatt Regency on Capital Square.

We also have cabs. I would not recommend them though.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Thank you everyone for all your posts.

You sure have some nice mass transit systems.


Yes, RTD's system has improved drastically. About 3 years ago, they became one of the largest transit companies in the United States. They have an extremely mass bus system that serves nearly ever street you can think of in Denver.

They recently placed a huge bus order. Right now, they have a little over 1000 buses. They have 31 light-rail trains with 6 on order.

RTD was given an "A" grade recently.

They've improved quite a bit. I've started to ride them nowadays.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14146 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Portland has Tri-met which is building a new Yellow line to the Expo Center. Why they didn't build it to Jantzen Beach is beyond me. They have Blue line from Hillsboro to Gresham and Red line from Downtown to the airport.
Here in Vancouver, across the river, we have C-TRAN. All busses serving the major parts of Vancouver, Battle Ground, and Camas with express service from Salmon Creek, Downtown and Fishers Landing to Dowtown Portland.
Seattle has too many transit systems and only one commuter train. There's Metro, Pierce Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit. IMHO, what a mess! Can't get anywhere on the busses there  Sad

Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

In Vienna we have trams

the fast train (S-Train)

The Underground


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Hey guys,

Sydney has the largest public transport network of any 'car based' city in the world.

The biggest players in this city are:

Sydney Buses
Sydney Ferries

Cityrail is the goverment run mass transit commuter rail system that serves around 260 stations in the metropolital area. Cityrail, like most other rail networks in Australian cities is unique in that it provides outstanding services to the entire Sydney basin in a city of such a small population - 4.5 million people . Around 1.3 million people a day use fast efficient Cityrail trains per day. (For a city that is spread out like LA) Our trains at out lying areas are express and get to the city or other stations in around the same time as 'all stations' closer to the city. Rolling stock used are all double decker suburban and inter urban carriages.

Sydney buses is one of the largest bus operators in the world, fleet stats I can't give you but you can look it up on a search if you so desire.

Sydney ferries operates a large fleet of Rivercats, Ferries, Large Ferries, Supercats and Jetcats to various suburbs around the large harbour and river.

Westbus is the second largest operator of public buses in the country and services the western and greater western suburbs.

Metro Monorail and Metro Light Rail operate services in the city and inner city.

So just about anywhere you want to go in our great city you can get there quickly and cheaply with our public transport network.



User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

not to forget to add:

Subway Station

"old" Subway Car

New Subway Car

Long Bus

Normal Bus

Midi Bus

"old" Tram

"medium old" Tram

"ULF" Tram (Ultra Low Floor) short version

"ULF" Tram (Ultra Low Floor) long version

Hybride Commuter Train

Regional Commuter Trains

Regards Rickster

User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

Take Malta as one big city, the only public transport we have here is this:

I think the photo speaks for itself...
As for transport between our pokey little island of Gozo and Malta itself, there's this:

I posted the 'stalwart' on purpose MS Ta' Pinu/MS Gaudos (MS Malita to be delivered early 2002), they also operate the ancient MV Cittadella and MV Mgarr (1966) and MV Calypso. But the Ta' Pinu and Gaudos, delivered Feb 2000 and 2001 respectively have really shown to be robust and dependable ships, the sea was really rough on Friday and Sat and I got stuck in Malta, then they operated from Sa Maison instead of Cirkewwa and though the waves were really big, I could hardly feel them on the Ta' Pinu. And the Gaudos was actually brought out from repairs just to cope! I hate Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. most of the time, but I give them full thumbs up this time!  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

We have dog sleds mostly up here.......J/K  Laugh out loud Laugh out loud Laugh out loud

User currently offlineGdabski From Poland, joined Oct 2001, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

In Warsaw we have one unfinished (but working)subway line, trams and busses. For more go to http://ztm.republika.pl/index-e.htm.


PS. And yesterday I rode in an Ikarus 260 with Finnair banners on the sides Smile Everything has to do something wirh aviation.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8361 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

In Mountain View, CA (where I live), the city has Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus service, VTA light rail, and Caltrain commuter rail.

Gee, it sounds like a European town in terms of mass transit!  Smile

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

New Yorkhas them all. The MTA subways, busses, Long Island Railroad and Mtyero North but it goes no further than Poughkeepsee, NY. If you want to to go Jersey take NJ Transit. Statent Island is the SIRT and to get to the Island take the Staten Island Ferry. The wait for a subway is every 5-10 min ditto for a bus. The most extensive is the A line.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2614 times:


I absolutely love the rubber-tired subway/metros. I went on one in Paris. They are quite cool.

PUnmuth@VIE and Rickster,

I absolutely love Vienna's mass transit. When I went to Vienna this summer I rode so many trams (the old ones, not the new ULF ones). Very nice I must say. One of the best Mass Transit cities I've been to.

Europe by far in my opinion has the best Mass Transit in the world (from what I've seen).

I am guessing that all of you who posted pictures are also Mass Transit freaks like me. Am I correct? If so, I'm glad there are other people like me. I thought I was weird.  Smile

Anyways, Denver doesn't have much rail at all. Just a 14 mile light-rail system. But the bus system is very extensive is very efficient.

This is the current Light-Rail line for those of you who are curious:

The part after the sharp curve is where it starts to go on the street and winds its way through the streets all the way to the end of the line. The area BEFORE the curve is when its on normal tracks and reaches speeds of up to 50mph and acts like a commuter train.

They are constructing a 1.8 mile extension that goes through the heart of Denver's entertainment center stopping at the Mile High Stadium (new football stadium), Six Flags Elitch Gardens (theme park), Pepsi Center (hockey game, concerts, and other events), and then ending at Union Station (old railroad station). This extension will open this coming April. The whole system will look like this:

The curve you see on the left is the new extension being constructed.

They're also building a 19.7 mile long southeast line. Unfortunately this line will not be completed until Fall of 2006 (year the A380 comes out).

They're are plans for 7 other lines aswell that if they get appropriate funding all will be completed within 10 years.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

As previously stated, COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority), is the main mass transit company in Columbus. COTA along with MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Comission) are still planning a commuter rail line between downtown Columbus close to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the northern suburbs up to Polaris along the I-71 corridor. The new rail system would be called FastTrax, and would be completed by 2008. Plans are also in the works for a rail link to Port Columbus, and the southern suburbs and western Columbus suburbs. More information can be found at:

User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 872 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2595 times:

We have LRT, Regular and shuttle bus srevice in Calgary.

Regular Bus (Low Floor)

Regular Bus (These are really old now)


LRT (These are our new ones)


User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 2575 times:

Atlanta has MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)...It has a decent rail system that connect Hartsfield Intl. to the center of the city. There is N-S railway and E-W railway...I think the switch station is at Lindbergh Plaza in Lenox (Very Nice Part of the city.)There is also widely used bus system...Outside of 285 (The perimeter of the "Downtown" part of the city) mass transit is rather lacking. Atlanta is now known for actually having one of the longest commutes in the country from home to work...I believe it is now longer than Houston and just about the same as the nations leader , Los Angeles...I dont know...I kinda like it...seeing a 14 lane interstate is always kinda interesting...and fun to drive in  Big grin

25 BA : Westjet_737, Your new Light-Rail trains are extremely similar to the ones in Denver. The only difference I can see is the lights are slightly differen
26 Post contains images N312RC : Here in Detroit there are three major public transport companies. First is SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority of Regional Transit) which operates a hu
27 Post contains images Westjet_737 : Here is a pic of the new Vancouver skytrain cars.
28 Post contains links JetBlue320 : We have CTA (Coast Transit Authority) It is a horrible company, http://www.coasttransit.com They operate Trolleys(Diesel), Blue Bird TRANSHUTTLES, ORI
29 Post contains links Redngold : Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority: http://www.gcrta.org "The RTA" has busses, "community circulators" which are minibusses that run short loop
30 LHMark : Rochester's mass transit? Snort. Yeah, right. A bus every solstice. Buffalo has the most laughable subway system in the world.
31 Turbolet : To see what 'mass' transport means, take the 15:45 ferry from Mgarr, Gozo in the peak season. I have several times, the Ta' Pinu or Gaudos which usual
32 Post contains links and images PerthGloryFan : In Perth Western Australia our "mass transit" system is run by Transperth even though the actual operators of buses services to different parts of the
33 Post contains images LH423 : In Boston we have the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority), a government owned agency that is responsible for the majority of the transportation
34 Haveric : USAFHummer -- You're analysis of SEPTA in Philadelphia left out some crucial pieces of the mass transit puzzle. (I used to work in the Mayor's Transpo
35 Post contains images LH423 : Here is Boston's route map: LH423
36 Westjet_737 : Enjoy your stay in Calgary if you descide to come...
37 BA : Westjet_737, Thank you. I will probably be going to Calgary NEXT September or end of summer (yes, its a long while from now). Regards.
38 Post contains images Hoons90 : We have subways, buses in Seoul PS look at the pic on my profile!
39 Lewis : Athens has: *BUSES *TRAIN *UNDERGROUND *SOON TO HAVE TRAM TOO (AGAIN). The trams were taken away during the 80s I think but they are planning to insta
40 BA : I just have to ask this........ Are you all Mass Transit fans aswell?
41 LH423 : I guess you could say that I am. I find it interesting to ride on the subways in other cities, and then compare them to Boston's. Boston's is good, bu
42 Westjet_737 : Oh yeah... Nothing Better than Planes, Busses and Skyscrapers.
43 Phlflyer : Haveric forgot to point out the best part about SEPTA. When there is an accident involving a SEPTA bus and there are 30 passengers on board, there are
44 Haveric : PHLflyer -- a story you'd appreciate... A few years ago, SEPTA conducted a simulated emergency on the Frankford el, complete with fire engines, police
45 Dasa : I am interested in Mass Transit.....
46 Post contains links Usairwys4lyfe : Back home in Wilmington there's the WTA, which is nothing more than about 20 buses on 5 or 6 different routes. Here in Chapel Hill, there's an extensi
47 Watewate : There's TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) in Toronto. They are a model for all N. American transit system for their efficiency- or at least it used to
48 Post contains images A380 : For TTC the new T1 trains (by Bombardier) are pretty good, but many stations are quite run down, and many buses are museum pieces.
49 BA : Thanks everyone. In Colorado Springs there is an extensive bus system that serves pretty much all the main areas in Colorado Springs. The transit comp
50 CcrlR : In Chicago we have a lot of transit stuff. The one that operates in Chicago is the CTA. They operate trains underground, and above the ground(the EL),
51 Post contains images BA : I'd love to see and ride these in person soon: Quite something, huh? These are bi-articulated buses, 80 feet long. I don't think these are allowed in
52 Rickster : BA, i have to use our system every day because i hate to drive stop and go by car during rush hours here in Vienna. I don´t think i´m a real freak o
53 Lindy : Mass transit in my city suck
54 Post contains images Jsmith : Nobody has mentioned the London Underground yet I don't think? Arguably one of the most recognised systems of mass transit in the world (and certainly
55 Seb146 : Where did you get that pic of the dual-articulated bus? Where are they in service? It looks like it may be built in Germany, France, Canada, or the US
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