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Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. - CityLab
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
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3 days ago by jeffhammond
buses are so full no one rides them anymore-Yogi Berra probably

Maybe instead of putting people on transi…
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3 days ago by atmendez
Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. - CityLab
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
transit  politics  opinion  article  citylab 
6 days ago by aeng
Questions · Patrick Collison
A great set of big questions to think about. Lots of idea to build off of based on how the questions are asked.
questions  entrepreneurship  academia  publishing  transit  gdp  cities 
7 days ago by rosszurowski
Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators, Prince, Dellheim
"Just like we don't pay to use elevators, this book argues that we shouldn't pay to ride public transit. In an age of increasing inequalities and ecological crisis, movements advocating free public transit push us to rethink the status quo and consider urban transit as a fundamental human right. Editors Jason Prince and Judith Dellheim have collected a panorama of case studies from around the world: the United States, Canada, Estonia, Greece, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, China, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and more. These movements are spread across the world, and they aim to achieve two main outcomes—ecological good and fair wealth distribution. Free public transit—coupled with increased capacity and improving service of public transit—might well be the only viable strategy to eliminating car usage and achieving greenhouse gas targets in industrialized cities within a reasonable timeframe. Movements for free mass transit also aim to see public transit treated as a public good, like water and garbage service, that should be paid for out of general tax revenues or a fairer regional tax strategy. This book covers the rapidly changing transport options in cities today, including bike and car share options, Uber and Lyft, and the imminent arrival of driver-less vehicles. The first English-language book ever written on the subject, Free Public Transit is a ground breaking book for those concerned about the future of our cities and an essential resource for those who make, or try to change, urban planning and transport policies."
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8 days ago by cshalizi
Paris bus line map
Lovely cartography; simple strip maps
maps  paris  bus  transit  tootme 
9 days ago by nelson
Why US public transportation is so bad — and why Americans don’t care
How American mass transit measures up against the rest of the world’s.

While some cities do have impressive webs of efficient rail, for the most part, we are a car-dependent society because Americans largely don’t understand how transit should work and see no need to prioritize it.

Walker also says most American customers mistakenly prioritize reach over frequency; they want buses or trains everywhere, on every block, as opposed to a few trains that come all the time. “There is a distinctly American idea to have infrequent trains from the suburb into the city,” he says. “That’s an example where you put a line on map and people say, ‘Oh, [transit] exists,’ and someone who doesn’t understand frequency is going to think an area is being serviced when it is not.” Those who are more familiar with public transit understand that it’s better to have a few lines with frequent trains, rather than many lines that leave once every two hours.
urbanism  transit  US 
10 days ago by fogfish

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