Boeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3482 times:
What city has the best public transportation in the wolrd? what about in the US? I live in phoenix, and there is just about no public transportation. I was in London and Paris a couple weeks ago, and London has the best public transportation i ahve ever seen, from the buses, to the tube to the taxis. Paris was also just behind, what do you guys think?
Frequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3438 times:
Boeing747-311, well I'm saying this from experience living in Tokyo and London. The frequency of trains, taxis, flights and buses is enormous compared to other cities. The accuracy of information to users, speed of the transportation, multi-lingual, on-time arrivals/departures and modern use of technology is in superb balance in Tokyo.
Don't get me wrong; London, Paris and NY have wonderful public transportation systems but for me Tokyo wins it. I guess all cities has its uniqueness and it makes all that more interesting.
SwissA330 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2002, 613 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3417 times:
Zürich in switzerland has a public trans. syste which is very good. they have the tightest schedule in europe for tramways and busses. But of course no subway etc yet in this comparatively small city...
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3410 times:
From the cities I've been to, London has the best.
The Hague and Munich come close. Amsterdam is good too.
Best metro after London I've seen is Washington DC, didn't use the rest of the system there (we had a car for going places that were somewhere the metro didn't go, and out hotel was just a block or two from a metro stop).
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39441 posts, RR: 76 Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
The European cities have stellar public transportation systems.
We (U.S.) are lacking in this area.
For the US; New York is the best and Chicago is pretty good too.
On the West Coast; Portland, Oregon has a good system and San Francisco's could be good if it were 24 hours.
Pacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2699 posts, RR: 8 Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
Can't beleive what I am reading here ! London Metro is an utter sewer and NY is not much better.
All the cities in Japan have decent ones but they cost plenty and close so early.
My current fave (like right NOW) is Kiev. 50 kopeks (about 8 cents) to anywhere and it's clean, safe and frequent (ignoring the slave-labour used to build it of course). Worst by far is Houston. Not sure why they even bother.
Hartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3353 times:
Sao Paulo's is superb. They have over 800 bus routes and 11,000 buses with most headways being less than five minutes or less all day long. Over 2.5 billion people a year ride the buses.
The Sao Paulo Metro is one of the most advanced subways in the world. I took a tour of their operations facility last December. The trains are 100% automated right down to the opening and closing of the train doors (but there is still a Train Operatorfor back up). The trains are very frequent with trains arriving every 90-100 seconds all day. 800 million people per year ride this subway that is only 50 km long. The only downside is that it's pretty small for a city of 20 million (50 km is nothing), but they are actively expanding the system by building new lines and converting metropolitan rail lines in to Metro lines. The planned system will be complete in 2010 with 90 route km and 1.6 billion riders per year, surpassing NYC's ridership. There is a joke tha tthe Metro is clean, fast, safe and efficent, unlike the rest of Brazil, which is very true. The Metro is the cleanest subway you could ever ride.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3276 times:
For sheer volume, nothing in the world can compare with Mumbai, India. The local trains alone transport more passengers daily than many of the other cities discussed here have as their entire populations. Add to that the buses, taxis, autorickshaws, etc.. and you have a very impressive system.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3254 times:
The only city in which I've used the public transportation is Naha City, Japan and I was very impressed. They have a nice bus network which takes you around town and the prices weren't too bad if you travel within the city. A monorail is set to open late this summer which sounds really good.
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25 Nonrevman: Hong Kong was great! You could ride the airport train, the MTR (subway), a bunch of ferries including the famous Star Ferry, and even the Peak tram on
26 Jsmith: Definitely NOT Sydney: Piecemeal approach, gaps in coverage and no integration of different forms of public transport. Melbourne is just as bad. Paris
27 Seb146: PDX ALL THE WAY!!!! Tri-Met runs the main lines and light rail till about 1AM. Anywhere you could possibly want to go in the metro area is easy to get
28 Senliture: I put my vote to Hong Kong comparing with Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. One big argument I want to spot out is a small city/country has a
29 Doug_or: I like seeing PDX on the list, and for a city of its size, it is definately good. In the US, however, I'd have to say SFO- good coverage, generaly goo
30 L1011: I have been on public transportation systems all over, and my vote goes to Singapore. They publish a book called "TransitLink Guide," which lists ever
31 FlyCMH: The cities that I have visited that I believe have the best public transportation are: 1. Washington D.C. 2. London 3. San Francisco 4. Toronto 5. Chi
32 PROSA: Never been there, but I've heard that Hong Kong's transit system is superb.
33 IMissPiedmont: I can only answer for US cities as when overseas I always have transportation provided. San Francisco is first by a long shot as I tend not to need to
34 An-225: Moscow has a pretty nice public transportation. When I left there in 1996 they ordered Mercedes buses, which were clearn, roomy and even had air condi
35 N754pr: HONG KONG, Best public transport I've ever used becuase it will get you to 99% of the places in Hong Kong. Try that in the UK or France !
36 Cfalk: London has a terrific public transport system, even though it's gotten rather expensive over the years (I remember being able to cross town for 8p). T
37 RoyalDutch: Prague's Public transit system is pretty decent...my favorite in the world, but that's because I know it inside out. All other European cities I have
38 AerLingus: San Francisco has good mass transit. We have multiple ferry companies that criss-cross the bay, the SF Municipal railway operates buses and subway/lig
39 Eg777er: If London is a "good" public transport city, then I'd hate to see a "bad" one!! Paris is much more like it. Gotta love those rubber-tyred metros!
40 Lindy: Hey, I've been living around DC for 6 years and 1 year in DC. You dont need a car to live in that city. You can get everywhere by Metro or MetroBus. M