Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US


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  • Mike Jewitt
    Mike Jewitt  2 days back

    Since when have republicans been for small government

    • Ryanair Man7890
      Ryanair Man7890  2 days back

      While in Warsaw we get around the city in a suburban train (basically a normal train)

      • Gerwulf
        Gerwulf  3 days back

        Car master race represent, can go anywhere we want, when we want it, not bound by the limitation of bus routes and train tracks!

        • leon leon
          leon leon  3 days back

          How to improve public transportation in the?

          • Captain Abs
            Captain Abs  3 days back

            5:17, so erm do americans not have indicators?

            • MarvelousSandstone
              MarvelousSandstone  3 days back

              Meanwhile here in Germany we have something called "Bus Taxi"(sometimes also called a Rufbus or other names) in some rural areas and it's basically small bus stations where a bus only comes when you call a certain number. Those are specifically made to bring passengers form rural areas to bigger public transport stations so those that can't drive can access bigger towns and cities.
              I never used it myself because I do live in a big city but it works well and is even expanded.

              • Edward Gehringer
                Edward Gehringer  4 days back

                What do you mean tax subsidies for cars? The gasoline tax is supposed to fund roads, but funds are constantly siphoned off for other uses, especially other transportation. The bias on this video will make me distrust others in this series.

                • NAWW
                  NAWW  4 days back

                  Public transport sucks in general in every country

                  • Daniel Cieślak
                    Daniel Cieślak  5 days back

                    Where are your citations?? I'm trying to write a letter to my city council & mayor and I can't find the Harvard study to back up my stance lol.

                    • RaymondHng
                      RaymondHng  4 days back

                      The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates
                      Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University and NBER, May 2015

                  • TSAmplifiers
                    TSAmplifiers  5 days back

                    Europeans don't realize how vast this country is. Perfect transportation everywhere you go is not an easy undertaking. We are a car culture. Just the way it is.

                    • Ecclesiastes 2:24
                      Ecclesiastes 2:24  5 days back

                      There is some incorrect information in this video.
                      First: Zoning in many European countries is often quite strict as soon as you are outside of the historical city centre. Wendover compared the historic city centre of Amsterdam with a much newer development in Denver. If Wendover would have compared newer cities or neighborhoods with that place in Denver, he would have found no difference in terms of zoning policies. Newer developments have no mixed uses. Outside the historic city centres, Europe is much the same as the USA. You need a car to get around, public transport generally sucks, and shops are often located in large commercial developments with lots of parking.

                      Second: Trams do not drive economic development. What actually happens is that zoning is amended, so that profitable development, such as offices, can only take place near a tramline. To incentivize business even more, many local governments use an instrument called TIF, tax increment financing. This is basically a tax handout for these companies to locate themselves near the tramline. So, it is zoning plus TIF that is causing that local economic growth, but, at the expense of taxation revenues and at potential growth in other areas. On the whole, the economy does not grow from this sort of stuff.

                      • Kamwai Chan
                        Kamwai Chan  6 days back

                        Car industries, create a lot of jobs for the nation. Cars are more mobile, public transportation is slow, service are poor, etc
                        UK, we used to have British Leyland, it gone bust, the we lost a lot of jobs. Service industries, wages are poor, the companies slave the labour with ZERO hours contact.

                        • SuperHamrick94
                          SuperHamrick94  7 days back

                          public transport is useless in America outside of the bigger cities because there is so much distance between the big cities that use it, and that's such a huge cost to maintain so there's a huge loss of money. everyone has a car now to get across the bigger small towns now, so PT is almost useless. I'd love if trains and planes were more affordable and accessible again because not having to drive 3 hours in one direction to go see a sporting event would be great, even if it means driving an hour to the nearest city for me to ride PT across Ohio

                          • Fred Krazé
                            Fred Krazé  1 weeks back

                            Its pretty cool how street cars were disbanded 100 years ago, but today they make sense again.

                            • goodfellabeats
                              goodfellabeats  1 weeks back

                              Nothing new under the sun 8:47

                              • Suzumi-kun
                                Suzumi-kun  1 weeks back

                                as a dutch person I can safely say I cannot imagine living somewhere where there isn't a bus stop within 20 minutes of walking distance

                              • Adam Eckstein
                                Adam Eckstein  1 weeks back

                                Growing up in an Urban area of the US, I see what you are saying... however, everyone here has a car. Even dirt-poor farmers. And that's just a part of the culture. Our country is very spread out and has plenty of farmland. The only people who don't have cars here live in or by a city that in fact DOES have decent public transportation. I currently live in NJ and commute to NYC daily. The East coast has public transportation very well set up. You all act like so pretentious about public transportation. maybe if your socialist governments didn't tax the shit out of you you could afford a car like literally everyone in the US

                                • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                  Marlon Moncrieffe  5 days back

                                  I live in the Big Apple and trains and buses and even walking make much more sense in a dense and compact city like mine; it is not simply about affording a car.

                              • Tina Ward
                                Tina Ward  1 weeks back

                                If only my bus in Manton was reliable cuz you don't know if it's going to be on time or not. it is often usually going to be late.

                                • Matti
                                  Matti  1 weeks back

                                  5:10 US ship flying the Royal Navy flag? Must be the USS Winston S. Churchill.

                                  • Paul Williams
                                    Paul Williams  1 weeks back

                                    We love cars in The USA 🇺🇸. We drive here

                                    • Paul Williams
                                      Paul Williams  1 weeks back

                                      NYC public transit is awesome. Toronto public transit is trash

                                      • Zachary Morin
                                        Zachary Morin  1 weeks back

                                        Calls the third largest city in Maine a tiny town. I mean, it’s small compared to cities of other states, but it still is an okay sized city

                                        • Brent 13377331
                                          Brent 13377331  2 weeks back

                                          5:12 to 5:17 is a joke at this point.

                                          • iamnotgeoff
                                            iamnotgeoff  2 weeks back

                                            Chicago is another anomaly compared to the rest of the midwest, with it being the train capital of the US.

                                            • Alex D
                                              Alex D  2 weeks back

                                              I love this video!
                                              I currently live in US for half of the year and transportation is a disaster.
                                              There are great number sidewalks that just end in the middle of nowhere.
                                              I don't want to buy a car because I got used to take public transportation and I feel uncomfortable with driving car. On the other hand it is so painful to be without it. I can somehow commute in the city, there are some bus routes, but they are not enough.

                                              • Todd
                                                Todd  2 weeks back

                                                I just ride my horse

                                                • Capitão Explosão
                                                  Capitão Explosão  2 weeks back

                                                  Thank god I live in Portugal... they literally publicly apologize for 2 to 3 minute delays...

                                                  • Capitão Explosão
                                                    Capitão Explosão  1 weeks back

                                                    @Dean L yeah...
                                                    Our transportation network is pretty good, except for the 1980s buses and trains that ride on rusty tracks without suspension sistems..

                                                  • Dean L
                                                    Dean L  1 weeks back

                                                    Capitão Explosão Then there’s Australia, where our government blame overhead wire problems, signal problems, etc on “an act of God” like what does that even mean? Stupid.

                                                    Then there’s Japan, who apologise for second delays. Amazing.

                                                • TheYeetiest YT
                                                  TheYeetiest YT  2 weeks back

                                                  Waiting for Sydney Transport...
                                                  Oh it's late, oh cancelled? Oh ok, late again.

                                                  • TehMorbidAtheist
                                                    TehMorbidAtheist  2 weeks back

                                                    Because Republiklans are wholly owned by the petro billionaires.

                                                    Also, in some rich neighborhoods rich people blocked public transportation expansion in their neighborhoods because they didn't want "those" people hanging around.

                                                    • TehMorbidAtheist
                                                      TehMorbidAtheist  7 days back

                                                      @Miguel Peralta
                                                      Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive Republican. And. Woodrow Wilson was a racist Democrat. Both lived 100+ years ago. Got anything from this century?

                                                      The KKK wasn't started by the "Democratic Party" But it was started by people who were southern Democrats - back in the era when Democrats were bible-thumping religious conservative traditionalists saying "My bible says slavery is okay, and the bible is the way the world should be!", while Republicans were social progressives in that era saying "The constitution of our country says liberty and equality are our principles, and we should live up to those principles!" which is basically the script of every civil rights battle we've ever had.

                                                      It wasn't until the Civil Rights Act that the parties changed. The Civil Rights Act was a bipartisan effort, and there were Democrats who opposed it (one who filibustered it, then spent the next 40 years apologizing to the new Democrats and getting re-elected - you'll have heard of him because trolls love to point out that Hillary Clinton said she admired him, ignoring the fact that this was long after his anti-civil rights past of course). It was signed into law by Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and southern racist traditionalist Democrats felt betrayed by their party and abandoned it in droves (several politicians during that era also switched parties, or went Independent - politicians or future politicians who switched parties during that era include Republican all-stars Ed Meese, Trent Lott, Strom Thurmond, Ronald Reagan who you might have heard of, and famous new Democrat Hillary Clinton, by the way). Johnson was the last Democratic President elected with a majority of the white vote.

                                                      Southern racist pro-segregationists didn't join the Republiklans immediately, who were still seen as progressives, until Nixon's "Southern Strategy" to pick up extra votes (which Nixon's advisers and Republiklan strategists at the time called by that name, and described, including its racist implications) assured them with easy-to-hear "dog whistles" that the Republiklan party was just as racist as they were - while maintaining plausible deniability (which is how dog whistle politics works). It worked perfectly, and the deep south which used to be solid Blue, has been solid Red ever since.

                                                      Also, ASK ANY KKK member or Neo-Nazi which party they vote for. They are 100% Republiklan now - you can't blame Democrats for that, no matter how much you might want to.

                                                      The Republiklans have been defined by their voters, and pandered to their voters, so much that they have pushed farther and farther right ever since Nixon, to the point of going off the deep end into far-right fascism.
                                                      Btw, Republiklans are racist because Johnson was the last Democratic President elected with a majority of the white vote.

                                                      I will say it again since that likely went over your head - the LAST Democratic President that was elected by MAJORITY of the WHITE vote was Lyndon Johnson - AFTER he had signed the Civil Rights Act into law - that's why the Republiklan party is the party of white racists.

                                                      I just gave you a history lesson. So you no longer have any have excuse to be an uninformed moron.

                                                      Name me 5 policies passed by by a Republiklan controlled Congress in the last 80 years that have helped the working class people.

                                                    • Miguel Peralta
                                                      Miguel Peralta  1 weeks back

                                                      TehMorbidAtheist laughs in Demokkkrat

                                                  • russko118
                                                    russko118  2 weeks back

                                                    You call them city car, in italian we call them tram

                                                    • RaymondHng
                                                      RaymondHng  1 weeks back

                                                      In the U.S. and Canada, the term _tram_ is mostly understood to be aerial tramways or people movers. The U.S. once had the horsecar for public transport. When they were electrified, they were called streetcars for the past 100 years.

                                                  • Loukas Pappas
                                                    Loukas Pappas  2 weeks back

                                                    At least the major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago they have a decent public transportation system. But obviously in Europe we have invested more money on that.

                                                    • Boris S.
                                                      Boris S.  2 weeks back

                                                      Mixed use zoning laws has other benefits. In the U.S, we have massive shopping malls (not that other nations don't, they're just more common here). To get to this concentration of goods and business, you have to drive miles past towns which might have some businesses of their own. Those town ultimately suffer economically because no one goes to them, but rather goes past them to the mall. Wealth from business and sales taxes isn't very well distributed between towns, but is instead concentrated in only a few, those with malls or business parks. Meanwhile in Europe, mixed use zoning often puts apartments near or even on top of stores and offices: you literally have the chance to buy goods as you leave your home or work, or when you take a short walk to the grocery. More chances is more sales and a better local economy. Plus, by walking, you excercise more and have more social interactions. So while public transit is vital, I think having mixed use zoning is just as important.

                                                      • Erick Alden
                                                        Erick Alden  2 weeks back

                                                        Moving to Boston in a few months. Selling my car before I go.

                                                        It baffles me how anyone can think paying thousands a year and sitting in traffic is freedom.

                                                        • Gopiprasad 777
                                                          Gopiprasad 777  2 weeks back

                                                          Hello did u forget about Japan,where trains are pretty much everything

                                                          • LegendaryO34
                                                            LegendaryO34  2 weeks back

                                                            That's true in many other nations as well. He picked the UK over Japan or Korea probably because they have more comparable history over the past 150 years

                                                        • mark anderson
                                                          mark anderson  2 weeks back

                                                          because we have moved to the suburbs...spread out population requires personal transportation....plus. we love our cars

                                                          • Chris Rhodes
                                                            Chris Rhodes  2 weeks back

                                                            Tbh. I couldn't care less about the psuedo science of climate change. I just hate traffic.

                                                          • Clyde Craft
                                                            Clyde Craft  2 weeks back

                                                            Bro i bet most millenials are using public transportation because were all broke asf, not cuzz of environmental stuff

                                                            • MZ
                                                              MZ  2 weeks back

                                                              As an urbanist, I love streetcars, As a motorcyclist I despise them!

                                                              • Pouzdana
                                                                Pouzdana  2 weeks back

                                                                We only have one car so me going to college sucks bad because I have to rely on my dad and there’s no jobs in walking distance and my dad busy

                                                                I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed public transportation is awful

                                                                I’m where as bad as it gets: A city in California that only has 100k people and is centered around being on a major highway and residential area for between San Francisco and Sacramento

                                                              • Gerald Sy
                                                                Gerald Sy  2 weeks back

                                                                Could it be that the Big 3 carmakers wanted and lobbied for it to be this way to encourage Americans to buy cars? My Brother In Law worked in the US for 6 months and said public transport was tough.

                                                                • Colin Kerns
                                                                  Colin Kerns  2 weeks back

                                                                  Says that Boston has good public transport, clearly hasn’t been on the red line

                                                                  • Mickey G
                                                                    Mickey G  2 weeks back

                                                                    It's better than other US cities, but on the absolute level, it's still bad.

                                                                • loki katzbalger
                                                                  loki katzbalger  2 weeks back

                                                                  Because America is a multicultural hell hole.

                                                                  • Player Hater
                                                                    Player Hater  1 weeks back

                                                                    Right, America has a problem that Scotland can't relate to, it's called 45 million strong low IQ'ed, sub-sharan black African population.

                                                                • bfece cadaei
                                                                  bfece cadaei  2 weeks back

                                                                  6:23 How do they buy cup noodle at 2 a.m. ? Do they have convenient store?

                                                                  • LegendaryO34
                                                                    LegendaryO34  2 weeks back

                                                                    They usually drive to a gas station with a convenience store

                                                                • NoticeDruid
                                                                  NoticeDruid  2 weeks back

                                                                  The key factor thats missing is the size to scale ratio in the U.S. simply the US is just too big to have a real good national scale public transportation system. Its way too cost prohibitive and wouldn't be profitable. Unlike in Europe or most parts of Asia the United States is just too big.

                                                                  • Da Raptor
                                                                    Da Raptor  2 weeks back

                                                                    NoticeDruid and our urban centers are sprawled out

                                                                • annarboriter
                                                                  annarboriter  2 weeks back

                                                                  Coincidentally the public want whatever the ruling class decide to give them.

                                                                  • David R.
                                                                    David R.  2 weeks back

                                                                    My mother is 54, she never learnt how to drive. It isn't necessary. As for myself, I do own a car, but I only use it on roadtrips, when I commute to the hospital, I take the train. It is faster and I don't have to deal with the stress that traffic jams give me. Sure we could have have bigger roads, but that would mean destroying centuries of architectonic heritage, our cities would get uglier.

                                                                    • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                                                      Marlon Moncrieffe  5 days back

                                                                      😶 New Yorker here and this thirty-something still does not know how to drive either...

                                                                      Anyway, you're right. Dense and compact cities are best for public transportation.

                                                                  • Thomas Stecyk
                                                                    Thomas Stecyk  3 weeks back

                                                                    To many cars...

                                                                    • Edward Gabrielsson
                                                                      Edward Gabrielsson  3 weeks back

                                                                      back when sam wasn't libertarian

                                                                      • Edward Gabrielsson
                                                                        Edward Gabrielsson  5 days back

                                                                        he just sort of behaves that way. there's other stuff to write about, but no, he wants to write about how greece has a geography problem, which is why they're so poor

                                                                      • Blake Bolin
                                                                        Blake Bolin  7 days back

                                                                        Edward Gabrielsson Why do you think he’s libertarian?