Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US


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  • Tomasz Klisz
    Tomasz Klisz  12 hours back

    Blame GM

    • Alexander Mulholland
      Alexander Mulholland  15 hours back

      It's funny that you chose Scottish public transportation. I'm Scottish and regularly lament how bad our busses are and our diminished railway links after we lost them in the mid 20th C. Also our tram systems were destroyed. I live in a rural area essentially without service, but thank christ I'm not American - I will now count my blessings rather than just wishing we had a more German system

      • Hehehe hohoho
        Hehehe hohoho  2 days back

        S C O T L A N D

        • ItsAvalon
          ItsAvalon  2 days back

          Because we’re ohhhh...uhhhhmmmm, 2500x the size of most all European countries?

          • Willem Patrick
            Willem Patrick  3 days back

            toronto also has many street cars

            • Joku Toinen
              Joku Toinen  3 days back

              Btw, the so-called Climate Change is still only a hypothesis. There's no real reason to mention it in every video.

              • Rafael
                Rafael  3 days back

                An excellent and eye opening presentation...

                • Filip Hałas
                  Filip Hałas  3 days back

                  Personal freedom or a country not giving a fuck about its citizens?

                  • Archie Vaisvila
                    Archie Vaisvila  3 days back

                    The long answer is very convoluted and complex the short answer is someone is making money from all the cars driving around America and consuming enormous amount of fuel well they do say there is a reason for fuel currency being called petrodollar and that reason is clearly America using the population as their Cash Cow

                    • Russ Gallagher
                      Russ Gallagher  4 days back

                      I'll give you an answer in two words: THE PUBLIC!

                      • Aero Novara
                        Aero Novara  4 days back

                        I am 22 years old, living in Denver, Colorado. I do not even know HOW to drive, let alone have possession of a car, and I can confirm it's not easy. The public transit system in Denver has been improving with its busses and light rail. So I can make it. But it's still not easy. What I do is live on the border of the residential and commercial zoning, so walking to stores and work isn't a huge issue, so I end up not even needing transit for my basic needs. Though yeah, walking does have its problems. Just as an example, I dunno if you know this, but Colorado's weather is just as high as its residents sometimes lol. Despite me being able to hold my own in these circumstances, I fear that my life will advance slowly at best, completely stagnate, or even fall apart at worst if I do not work to getting a car. Tch. So much for that promotion of freedom if survival is hampered by not having a car. I'm aware I cannot survive like this forever if the US's transportation system does not improve soon. Even more so if busses are never at the stops at the times they are supposed to. Ugh, they are either horrifically early or horrifically late. Them being on time should be revered as a miracle. Because it IS.

                        • Ethan Larsen
                          Ethan Larsen  4 days back

                          There’s lots of things that can be done to improve public transport in the US, and should be pursued. However, the US cannot be compared in size and population density to Europe in many instances. Scotland is half the size of my state, WI, and has roughly the same population. Mix in larger states like Wyoming that have even fewer people than most European cities and there’s lots of nothing until the next small town or capital. What should the public pay for and is the cost justified in many larger, sparse states probably prevents many public transportation out west from being developed.

                          • l l
                            l l  4 days back

                            People in the U.S. prefer cars.

                            • Austin Martín Hernández

                              Public transportation is 100% nonexistent in small towns in the US.

                              • BnBCraft
                                BnBCraft  2 days back

                                Indeed, in my small town the only public transportation are these small buses that only transport the elderly and handicapped (since they are unable to drive a car)

                            • Austin Martín Hernández

                              Okay you got something wrong that made me cringe. Politicians don't have to allow gun ownership. It's a constitutional right!

                              • Andrei Kohler
                                Andrei Kohler  5 days back

                                This is a 50% truth. Its not telling you the other 50% of the reason why we don't have better public transportation: The Oil Industry and its lobbying... Here is the other 50% of the truth: Every time a city (or a state) puts out a bill for building more public transportation, the oil industry kills it (with lobbying and advertisement). The reason is simple: they don't want to loose that market share of people driving, because that uses a lot more oil than public transport... and now folks, you have the whole truth :) Cheers.

                                • Mike Jewitt
                                  Mike Jewitt  1 weeks back

                                  Since when have republicans been for small government

                                  • Ryanair Man7890
                                    Ryanair Man7890  1 weeks back

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

                                    • Gerwulf
                                      Gerwulf  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                        How to improve public transportation in the?

                                        • Captain Abs
                                          Captain Abs  1 weeks back

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

                                          • MarvelousSandstone
                                            MarvelousSandstone  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                Public transport sucks in general in every country

                                                • Daniel Cieślak
                                                  Daniel Cieślak  2 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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.

                                                    • Subtropical Storm Jaguar
                                                      Subtropical Storm Jaguar  16 hours back

                                                      we need better mass transit and walkable developments though, so i don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing.

                                                    • Subtropical Storm Jaguar
                                                      Subtropical Storm Jaguar  16 hours back

                                                      Ecclesiastes 2:24 agreed, new mass transit lines in the us are often built primarily for development and not for practical transportation.

                                                  • Kamwai Chan
                                                    Kamwai Chan  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                        • goodfellabeats
                                                          goodfellabeats  2 weeks back

                                                          Nothing new under the sun 8:47

                                                          • Suzumi-kun
                                                            Suzumi-kun  2 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  2 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  2 weeks 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  2 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                              • Paul Williams
                                                                Paul Williams  2 weeks back

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

                                                                • Paul Williams
                                                                  Paul Williams  2 weeks back

                                                                  NYC public transit is awesome. Toronto public transit is trash

                                                                  • Zachary Morin
                                                                    Zachary Morin  2 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  3 weeks back

                                                                            I just ride my horse

                                                                            • Capitão Explosão
                                                                              Capitão Explosão  3 weeks back

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

                                                                              • Capitão Explosão
                                                                                Capitão Explosão  2 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  2 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  3 weeks back

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

                                                                              • TehMorbidAtheist
                                                                                TehMorbidAtheist  3 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

                                                                                  TehMorbidAtheist laughs in Demokkkrat

                                                                              • russko118
                                                                                russko118  3 weeks back

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

                                                                                • RaymondHng
                                                                                  RaymondHng  2 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  3 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.