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User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4944 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?

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4936 times:

England in general has far and away the most impressive public transportation Ive ever seen...so my vote goes to anyplace there...


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

New York City, Paris, and London have the best I have seen.

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User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

I'm going to say Tokyo has the most efficient and modern public transport systems followed by London, Paris and New York.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

Montreal definately


User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Why do you say that tokyo has the best?

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User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 4900 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.


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 4892 times:


(for a car based city)

Trains, Buses, Ferries, Monorail and Light Rail.

(even a big ass long moving walkway)


User currently offlineSwissA330 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2002, 614 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 4879 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...

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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 4874 times:

Los Angeles all the way baby!!

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 4872 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).

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User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

In terms of coverage, frequency, and ease of use, the best are easily Tokyo, London, Paris and NYC.

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 4852 times:
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So far for me, Singapore.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 4851 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.

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User currently offlineB-HOP From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2000, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Hong Kong, Singapore, London

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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4822 times:

In my opinion, the best city transportation wise is not one with good public transportation system, but one which has wide streets and highways, lots of parkings and gas stations and cheap fuel.

User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2741 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4823 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.

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User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 4815 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.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Boston has one of the best in the world, there are not too many places in the Boston Metro area that you can't get to either on the T or by commuter rail.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

In Zurich there are everywhere bus, tram or train stations available within a radius of not more than 200 m. During the weekend busses and trains run 24h a day.

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User currently offlineN737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 680 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

Well for me, Edmonton, Alberta has one of the best Public transportation systems in Canada! Very clean, efficient and always on-time. Not to mention the wonderful LRT in downtown Edmonton.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

I only have very little experience, but I did like the public transport in Paris. The one Hannover (yes...) has is also quite nice, but of course not comparable to big cities.

But if you really want to experience something special, go to Venice! I love the vaporetti! Love

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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4738 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.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

From where I've been, I'd would say London and Washington, D.C.


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4716 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 Post contains images 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
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