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    Default Public transportation is made inconvinient on purpose

    We have a system where public transportation is sparse and slow to encourage people to buy and drive cars, especially on the outskirts of the cities.

    When I lived in Leningrad I lived on the outskirts of the city as well. There were the following means of transport that could get you virtually anywhere in the city:

    Subway
    Buses
    Trolleybuses (Those are buses that had electrical motors and fed off of electrical wires above them
    Tramways (These were on the rails in the middle of the street with electrical motors as well that fed off of electrical wires above them)

    All these ran like every 10-15 minutes. Pick and choose. It was literally foolish to drive your own car there.

    Don't get fooled. The need to drive a car everyday is another form of control in a capitalist system. Public transportation can be very convinient if the government takes the right steps.

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    I think it really depends upon which US city you are in. There is no arguing that most developed foreign nations have a better public transit system than the US as a whole, however, cities like Honolulu and Chicago get a passing grade in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    I think it really depends upon which US city you are in. There is no arguing that most developed foreign nations have a better public transit system than the US as a whole, however, cities like Honolulu and Chicago get a passing grade in my opinion.
    Yeah but in Leningrad I could literally stand and see which form of transportation of the three would come first: (bus, trolleybus or tramway) They had these tickets you could buy and you just punched a hole in one of them each time you got on board. If you traveled just one stop you could even not pay. The drivers didn't check it. They had special comptrollers come on board once in a while to check everyone but not that often.

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    Yeah the set of holes on each bus's hole puncher or whatever had a different setup so you could not show a ticket that you used on another bus. Pretty clever.

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    Los Angeles is famous for having torn up a working subway system in the 30s or 40s, supposedly at the behest of the auto industry. And so what do they have now? Lots and lots of traffic and no subway.

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    Big, you know where the door is if you don't like it here. You're under 30 and you complain like an old man at the local greasy spoon.
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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    For an understanding of the poor public transport in America, you can start by looking here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General...car_conspiracy

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    You are right, Big. It could and should be so much better. I'd love to be able to take public transportation to work. It would be ideal for me if there were a train or bus system that went down 294 in the suburbs just west of Chicago, but the road is a toll road, so there is no incentive to decrease the traffic and the tolls collected. There's a huge construction project going on right now and you can just see how a train going down the middle of the road would be so easy, but it's not gonna happen.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln

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    Quote Originally Posted by contini View Post
    For an understanding of the poor public transport in America, you can start by looking here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General...car_conspiracy
    Hey Contini, welcome back. Where have you been? It's been a while.

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