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videos, for free for two months by going to Skl.sh/wendover. This is Indiana, and this is Scotland. Both have a similar number of inhabitants,
a similar size, and a similar population density. But here’s Indiana’s public transportation
system, and here’s Scotland’s. You want to get to Cupar, a town of 9,000
30 miles from the capital? That’ll take you 55 minutes on a train that
leaves every 30 minutes or an hour and 40 minutes on a bus that leaves every 40. You want to get to Anderson, a town of 50,000
30 miles from Indiana’s capital? Well, you’re out of luck. The only option is the car. Antiquated technology, safety concerns, crumbling
infrastructure, and nonexistence—it’s not hard to argue that the US public transportation
network is just not good. Vast swaths of the US have no option but to
drive because the alternative just is not there. This has consequences on the environment,
on economic mobility, on where people live, the consequences of America’s lack of solid
public transportation almost defines American culture. But it wasn’t always like this. The United States once had the best public
transportation system in the world. It was a the admiration of countries worldwide
and an essential factor allowing for the successful western expansion of the country. It all started with this—the horsecar. Now, there were urban transportation systems
before these horse drawn trams came along, but they weren’t cheap and they weren’t
fast. Roads generally weren’t paved and there
just wasn’t the economic demand for high frequency service because these carriages
were rarely faster than walking. But on rails, these horsecars were fast and
one horse could pull a full load of passengers thanks to the rails. In its heyday, there were over 6,000 miles
of horsecar lines in the US. In comparison, the combined mileage of every
tram, subway, light rail, and commuter rail system in the US nowadays is 5,416. In 1880, 50 million people lived in the US. Today, over 320 million. Around the turn of the century, many of those
horsecar systems were electrified. There were then 11,000 miles of streetcar
track nationwide. The systems were absolutely everywhere. Even tiny towns like Bangor, Maine and Berlin,
New Hampshire had streetcars. So what happened? How did the US go from having 11,000 miles
of streetcar to 200? How did the US go from having solid public
transportation in towns big and small across the country to how it is today? The decline of the streetcar began just after
the turn of the century. That was when the automobile came around. By 1920, the car was starting to get to an
attainable price-point for the everyday individual. That was the real threat for the streetcar—not
cars, but economical cars. The streetcar received another blow in 1929—the
great depression. There were fewer people with jobs which meant
fewer people who needed to commute and fewer people who had the money to pay for transport
so many lines were just not profitable anymore and closed. But then the streetcar received a stay of
execution—World War Two. You see, during World War Two, the US had
the lowest unemployment rate in history—as low as 1.2%. There were tons of factory jobs to support
the war so practically everyone who wanted a job had a job. That meant there were tons more people now
going to and from work, and, even better for the streetcar, there were rations going on
on rubber and gas which diminished the popularity of the car. But something else was going on through all
of that. Something more sinister. Sometime in the 1920s, automobile technology
became advanced enough that the bus became cheaper to operate than the streetcar. Streetcars cost very little to power, but
they do require a lot of infrastructure from overhead lines to track. Buses were more flexible and required almost
no infrastructure. And the bus had some powerful friends, the
automobile companies, or more specifically, General Motors. General Motors went and bought dozens of small
streetcar companies across the nation and turned them into bus companies. They removed hundreds of miles of track across
the US and supported other companies doing the same, but its not like they didn’t have
a good reason to do this. These streetcars were not economically advantageous. Buses were faster, cheaper, and at the time,
they were the modern and fresh transportation method that the public wanted. Nearly every streetcar system nationwide was
replaced with a bus system. In addition, the streetcar companies were
almost all commercial so if and when they failed, many local governments set up public,
subsidized bus companies. So that’s how transportation got bad, but
why did it stay bad? Well, mostly because of the car. America is the country of the car. It grew up as the car grew up and so its cities
were built for cars. Think Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles—you can’t
survive in these cities without a car. Remember, the United States is centered around
the idea of personal freedom. With a car, you can go anywhere at anytime,
so politically, cars have historically been associated with the idea of personal freedom. Just like the Republican party votes to have
strong national defense, allow gun ownership, and preserve small government in order to
promote personal freedom, they have always worked to promote the usage and ownership
of cars. This means they often voted in favor of subsidies
helping the auto industry, most often in the form of indirect subsidies lowering the cost
of gas. Now, that was fine when cities were small,
highways were new, gas was cheap, and climate change wasn’t even a concept, but that’s
not the case anymore. Cities are just of a size where they literally
cannot support their entire population driving. You can’t fit more road infrastructure in
many cites, but you can fit more public transportation. Cars were available to the common American
much earlier than the common European, so the US set road policies early that allowed
for large, smooth, well-functioning roads. While the US was building its magnificent
roads, Europe was building their public transportation systems. The high car usage in the US even has to do
with zoning. You see, European cities tend to have less
strict zoning laws which allow for businesses and housing to intermingle. The US zones its cities much more strictly. Houses are next to houses and businesses are
next to businesses which means that the distances between houses and shops in the US is much
greater. Therefore, Americans have to go further more
often. The most demonstrative fact is how the two
places approach parking. In the US, zoning laws specify a minimum number
of parking spaces per building. In Europe, the laws specify a maximum number
of parking spaces. The three cities with the three lowest car-ownership
rates in the US all have something in common. Boston, New York, and DC, are all old, rather
compact cities with decent public transportation systems. Since they were cities before the car, they’re
built much more like the European cities that have such good public transportation systems
today. Simplified, public transportation gets worse
as you go further west since western cities are newer. But here’s the most important sentence of
this entire video: access to transportation is the single most important factor in an
individual’s ability to escape poverty. That is not a subjective claim, that is a
fact that emerged from a Harvard study. Someone who lives right by a subway stop is
astronomically more likely to find a high-paying job than someone who doesn’t have a way
to get around. Individuals in poverty generally live in poor
neighborhoods with few job opportunities, but with reliable, accessible, and inexpensive
public transportation these individuals can get all across their city to where the jobs
are. So, a good way to evaluate the effectiveness
of a public transportation system is by how well it serves the poor. DC, for example, does a good job of this. The poorest neighborhoods have the greatest
proportion of their residents within a 10-minute walk of a metro station while the richest
neighborhoods have the smallest proportion. Hand-in-hand with their move back into the
cities, millennials are shunning cars. Car ownership among young people is at historic
lows and the urban youth is relying more and more on public transport. Some cities like, Portland, Kansas City, Detroit,
and DC are turning back to streetcars. Done right, streetcars can drive huge increases
in economic development. They’re more of a symbol of modernization
that entices residents, developers, and businesses to areas. Portland, for example, has had an estimated
$5 billion in extra economic development thanks to its streetcar. New streetcar systems are being built all
across the US in cities like Milwaukee and Oklahoma city since they’re finally making
money again—not from their fares, but from the jobs brought by their existence. People didn’t want them a century ago, but
streetcars finally make sense again. Public transportation is instrumentally important
to the success of cities. You can almost be sure that a good city will
have good public transportation and a bad city will have bad public transportation. Public transportation increases economic mobility,
decreases carbon footprints, and increases economic development so the only question
is, why not build more of it? One of the most common requests I receive
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  • August 5, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Philippines has joined the chat

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  • August 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    “American public transportation is terrible!” This is like saying Europe is deprived because of its lack of deserts.

    Americans do not live on top of each other like the Europeans and Asians like to do. Thus Americans also do not like or want to ride in dirty public cars with bums masturbating next to them. We all have our own, clean, very affordable cars thank you very much.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    You're drinking that koolaid homie. Busses weren't cheaper than rail, it was planned obsolescence to convert masses into automotive buyers, rather than public transport users.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    Comparing transportation systems in European countries to the US is comparing apples to oranges. Older American cities like Boston and NYC have good public transport because the cities are modeled after European cities which are designed to be walkable. Our country has grown rapidly in the last 150 years which has induced lots of sprawl. Much of that is due to American ideals of individual liberty which drew so many Asians and Europeans here in the first place. People could start over and spread out. This ideal also expanded to transit when automobiles came about – American enjoy the individual liberty a car provides.
    Rideshare like Uber is making it easier to live in the US without cars, but people generally still enjoy owning one. I love the freedom I have to road trip from Texas to Colorado and take as many stops as I want along the way.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    At the time of this comment, there is a bus that leaves twice a day from Indianapolis to Anderson, but I have no idea if that existed at the time of the making of this video

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  • August 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    The video misses one big thing… perception of public safety. In America, crime rates tend to be much lower in less densely populated areas than in cities, especially inner cities. Or at least that's the impression. And the impression follows that adding public transit to an area would raise crime rates. Rightly or wrongly.

    It's self reinforcing too. Once everyone needs a car to work, only the jobless are carless (a few major cities excepted).

    More Europeans seem to have cars than thirty years ago. I can't help but wonder whither European transportation. Certainly the motorways are packed.

    America's superhighways (motorways) were made for civil defense (evacuation of cities in an attack), but, being mostly free, capacious and fast, made it feasible to live further from the city (and to build businesses on cheaper rural land, rather than downtown). They also made it quick and cheap to visit friends and family in other cities by car, and to vacation by car.

    The automotive subsidies in America are often a bit subtle. Rather than raising the tax on gasoline (petrol) to improve the roads, legislatures propose things like raising the sales tax on everything. So, rather than charging users by usage (roughly), everyone is asked to pay regardless of usage. Gasoline taxes haven't kept up with inflation (and thus have fallen to a fraction of what they were); general revenues seem to be the main source of road funding.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    In my experience with public transport:

    Government and black people followed by crazy people of any race.

    This keeps me from being on public transport.

    And before you scream racist, well maybe you're right, but I have never been to a nice black community and I have been around the world three times.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    calling a tram a "streetcar" is the same as calling a helicopter a "skyplane"

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  • August 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    Yet another conservative v liberal issue. Conservatives have a warped idea of personal freedom. I lived in Mexico City for 10 years, used my car for groceries, late night trips, and travel to remote towns, used public transit for everything else. The cost savings and convenience were great.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    living in denmark i can pretty much go anywhere in the country from where i live in a small farming village on the outskirts of copenhagen using public transport which when you think about it is actually pretty crazy😂

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  • August 8, 2019 at 10:13 am
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    USA: We have the best public transport.

    China, Japan: Hold my beer

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  • August 9, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    Mitch mcconnel and guns. Are you kidding me.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    I have a question and it may seem simple, but aren’t buses also part of public transportation? You mentioned how trams was replaced by buses and claimed that’s how public transportation got bad. But that still doesn’t explain why. Is there something buses couldn’t do that trams can? Or am I wrong in my reasoning.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Public transport in Ottawa just sucks.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:57 am
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    You sound so high and mighty in this video. move to Europe with your boyfriend if you don’t like US transportation.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    7:10 say it louder for people in the back !!!

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    I live in Seattle and within one block of my apartment(Capitol Hill), I have streetcar, lightrail, electric bus and hybrid bus. However, even though we have 425,000 mass transit riders a day we still have massive traffic jams every day.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    This is BS of the highest order, it's more emotional than facts … he starts off w/ a lie about Anderson IN, you can take a greyhound bus FFS

    Street cars were inefficient & like >95% of mass Trans do NOT make a profit he admits this in the video…

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    In short : The US sucks

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Until personal vehicles get more expensive this will continue to be a problem lol. At the end of the day, it's all about the money

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    As a 4 year old, subway trains in new York were so cool to me

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Passenger train systems are subsidized by government the world over, but one American political party opposes subsidies.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Canada government provinces control the transit system and suck!.. and adopted the same way of transportation similar to the USA..need a car even in the nearest places around you city. an example Panama have allowed any person to invest in it is own buses..taxis..called privatization..

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    I must ask
    Why not monorail for public transit?
    It’s cheaper, safer, and quieter to use in cities. And it doesn’t take away traffic lanes

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    Yeah but trains delay themselves and cancel themselves because it’s too cold, there are leaves, snow, rain, the rails feel sad, a cat crosses the path of the train. Unless there are way too many of them it just shuts down.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Thanks to Wendover, I learned that busses apparently aren't public transit–only things that ride on rails are.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Typical conclusion EU>US

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    The worst public transportation system in the world you can find it in USA , what a shame

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    I live in the USA and the public transpiration where I live doesn't suck…… because there isn't any! T_T I mean there IS a bus system in my region of Michigan but I can't use it as my township opted out and the nearest stops are a town over.
    On top of that I can't drive because of a disability that screws with my spatial recognition so I can't really get a driver's license, so I guess screw people like me.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    I agree with this video, though I do think that it understates how impactful it is that our cities are arranged with the car in mind. When you add our land surplus to the existence of cars and electricity for the majority of the lifespan for most of our cities you end up with very large cities geographically. Las summer I visited Brussels and discovered that my neighborhood was very nearly the size of all of Brussels. There are Jacksonville, FL is larger geographically than many countries. The lack of population density is the real kicker for GOOD public transit in the US. Houston for example has a relatively decent bus route that rides the HOV lanes of 4 of the main highways, but it only goes in and out of the city. If you need to move laterally around the city you really NEED a car (or taxi equivalent). America also really likes "masterplanned" neighborhoods that tend to have limited access points and circuitous roadways. transporting from your home to the edge of your subdivision would almost need it's own system… good luck getting your HOA to pay for that.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Access to public transportation helps people escape poverty yet Republicans try to increase car usage and help the auto industry — why am I not surprised

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  • August 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    I'll tell you why not build more of it. Cost and time is the reason. I live in San Francisco. I have witness time and time again any kinda of public transportation project that cost double its original cost and time. So a 4 year project that cost 10 million would finish 8 years later at 20 million.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    The Amtrak north east corridor though is extremely efficient and has frequent trains and has profit, also most metro’s in the US are very good. My favorite is the D.C metro

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    I learned that he can talk and say words. Nothing about transportation

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    What if I dont want my taxes going to something that I do not want/will not use.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    ‘Cept for maybe New York, but I heard those got worse too.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    What is the difference between the one was a bit too hard at and being a wallflower first person is the one

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    When you are too sick, disabled, or old to drive in the USA you will end up in a nursing home.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    Governments need to run public transport not non profits. Non profits steal the money and do very little towards actual transportation. Do not trust non profits they are all theives.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    As an Aussie…..we in Sydney have awesome train n bus system that has been going on for over 150 yrs….and still used everyday commute (even travelling to our next states and capital cities)

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Take Oklahoma City off of that good examples list. The 'streetcar system' only serves the densest handful of blocks at the city center and literally nowhere else. It's a publicity stunt and nothing else. A vast majority of the city's land is covered in strictly zoned low-income neighborhoods that don't even have a bus system servicing them. That streetcar is just an expensive joke, like the canal, or the parks, or the soccer team, or every other monument to vanity the corrupt city and state government have poured millions of taxpayer dollars into.

    Seriously, a mile from Downtown and the roads become unusable, no buses, not even sidewalks.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    so you're saying it's like many other things in america; something that started out good, but the public ended up being fucked over by private interests. heard it many times before.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    Must be amazing to have Bombardier's stock at the moment

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Climate change isn’t real

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    4:03 Is that St. Charles Ave in New Orleans!?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    7:24 I'd call that an exaggeration. "Astronomically" normally implies numbers with many zeroes (let's start with 6).

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  • August 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    Public transportation in America: Uber

    No I’m serious. It’s literally what you do when you don’t have a car (or don’t want to drive).

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    *laughs in european

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    You west coast plebs you don't have good public transportation.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Haha Scotland is way better than America get it up ya

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Simple answer. The only people who use public transportation are negros and nobody wants to ride with them not to mention cars are inexpensive.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Dude Hasan Minhaj straight up stole your video, smh🙄

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    I put the speed on 1.25x and it sounded like a slightly-faster Half as Interesting video…. Hmmm……

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Insert horrible traffic jams in LA which makes you hate anything related to cars

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    I guess it's time to start a private street car company in Calgary!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    Because the US wants attrCt dont no more immigrants

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    who is here after patriot act?

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Boston, New York and DC… three of the cities I would never want to live in…

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    "It's the Republican's fault!"

    uses clips from Utah Transport Authority, a very republican area

    (though Utah has the most progressive republicans, thanks to the dominant religion in the area)

    Proud to be a Latter-day Saint!

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    The US has a hard time with public transport in a variety of ways. Most of the public transport discussed in this video is intra-city, which typically takes the form of either buses or subways. Subways are very efficient, can handle high loads, and are grade separated from public traffic, but they are also crazy expensive to build and have no flexibility once tunnels are dug. Buses are slower, cannot handle very heavy traffic, and are usually subjected to the same traffic as cars, but they are also very cheap and can change routes easily if the population shifts. But either way, most US cities outside of the East Coast are just too large and spread out to make public transport very efficient. Houston is an obvious case – it has a very large population, sure, but it is also spread out over a huge area. If you laid it over NYC, the Route 8 loop would stretch from the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers to I-278 on Staten Island, with Jamaica Bay and Patterson also encompassed. Where do you put stations/stops and routes over such a huge area? Even downtowns are rarely walkable because (as Wendover notes) these cities were built around the car, and zoning puts consumer needs far apart.

    The other kind of public transport is mentioned at the beginning of the video – inter-city. In practice this is almost always trains. Trains work well when cities are 2-3 hours apart, since flying isn't really faster at those distances. There are a few places in the US where this works (northeast corridor, LA/San Diego, Texas triangle), but most major cities are much further apart. Show me a regional or light rail system in the US that's making money right now, and I bet it's in one of those areas. Confusingly, the one subsidized train service in the US (Amtrak) mostly runs its trains over long-haul routes cross country, for which demand is almost non-existent. I rode Amtrak between Pittsburgh and Lancaster, PA and while it was a much better experience than the Greyhound (bus), it was still much slower than driving and cost much more than gas. I've also used the subway in Philly, which is laughably non-comprehensive. And, not surprisingly, the station and train were almost empty. The problem for the US is that we've already made an enormous investment in roads, meaning buses are the most logical choice for public transit. However, with such a dependence on roads comes a preference for personal mobility. Cities absolutely need to improve their public transit (and pay for it from their own citizens) to improve their city efficiency. But I don't see inter-city transit as being very helpful in most areas of the country.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    america is so great you comparing a state to a country well done

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    Public transportation is faster, cheaper, more environmentally friendly; I would absolutely pay for it if it existed. Seems like a massive missed opportunity.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Moscow Mitch lol

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    Republicans want small government? Lul what

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    I drive my car only once a week.
    I'm in India

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    I grew up in suburban Australia – I needed a car, and it had a big negative effect on my health. I now live in Europe and while having a car is definitely an option, it is not necessary in most cities. I can get from A to B cheaply and easily via public transport that turns up every couple of minutes and, in the case of buses, is prioritised over cars on the roads. I'm now at a point where I will seek out a place to live almost primarily on its access to good public transportation. As a direct result of not using a car, I have lost 25kg (55 lbs) and I have a more dynamic life. If I want a car, I can rent one to go somewhere for the day, or get an Uber for the harder to access locations. It's way cheaper and it means I am not tied down by a hugely depreciating asset.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Because it's public.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    I love that now your search history is stock images of cars driving

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Except Chicago

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    It sucks because oil Companies can't get rich if you take public transportation !! 😶

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    do you live in Denver?

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    As someone who loves in Milwaukee, I agree and understand this completely. I wish I had more means of transportation other than a bus that comes once every 10 years (20+ mins) and cars that is completely dependent on how people feel at that time.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    You don't seem to understand that the VAST majority of people who work in US cities don't live in those cities. They live dozens of miles outside of those cities.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    Its the KOCH BROTHERS.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    Well duh hi im in the boon docks no edumactons and transport just these here hillbillies that do drugs school bus dont come around these parts whats a school yheah no suprise there i got a whole state of that and when i was motivated playing taxi made money good money but this state didnt like me putting out the truth about thieving crack heads and women and guys who fuck off kids………………..pretty sure that was re who just showed up and i just made a video on that………………..pay me if you all dont pay me or fix shit with me your working got your shit together no excuse i just hit up carlos and i know that got back my mom sure as fuck knew the conversatioon maybe alexa was on

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    theres always a dial up sound or phone call thing when they leave

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    I lived in Miami most of my life until I left the shithole that is the US of AIDS.
    When I used the public buses, first I had to wait like an hour, and then I had to pay something like over two dollars last I did it, and it kept increasing. One time I saw roaches crawling on the walls, so I sat near the walkway. Often you get rap crap lovers stinking up the place with their shitty antics of acting like they have worth when they obviously are just selfish hellbound pieces of shit who bully to try to look strong, but they just attack the weak, which shows them to be weak. Then you got bitches acting like you don't exist, and being wanton. Then you got old Cubans talking about Fidel Castro, the purpose for their existence. Glad I will never hear the worst Spanish accent again. Get nuked without me.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    Germans are Superior Human Beings, I am a Foreigner living in Germany and I acknowledge Germans, even if they have some flaws, German Urban planning and public transportation is 1st Class, The World have to be more German, I want Germans to colonise my Country in Africa,

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    German standard of living is too high that it's bankrupting Germany, People live too long because of the Good life, and Government is forced to increase retirement age

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    American Govt believe the only way to boost productivity is Tax cuts

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    I hate taking the bus, got smelly people on there, I would rather have my car and more personal freedom, but some public transportation is needed to an extent.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Another reason public transportation sucks is that it is government funded, if it were privatized it would be much better.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Thank you for this very deep video! It truly explains the problem of US's low quality public transportation.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    public transportation in China is much better than US, electric bus is replacing gas bus. in some cities, 100% buses are electric battery powered.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    2:16 Seattle represent

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    Light rails and street Cars are mostly trams.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    In rural parts of Europe, in my case Germany, getting around by car still is easiest. My home town's rail takes over 1 1/2 Hours to get to the next large city with a large train station to even have the option to go somewhere else. In that time, you can get to Cologne by car. In Cologne, Düsseldorf, Berlin etc though, you don't really need a car. Wanna go shopping? Sure, take the next bus or tram to the nearest supermarket. Wanna visit another city? No problem, the next major train station is nearby or has a tram/bus route to it. Wanna go on vacation in a city far away? Go ahead, the airport is easily reachable by all the methods mentioned before and flight tickets are rather cheap as well.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:02 am
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    The video was somewhat interesting until political finger pointing was inserted. Democrats have nothing to do with the auto industry? Unions? And WTF does gun ownership have to do with this video?   Credibility gone.  Yawn.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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    How are the massive freeways and interstates not considered public transportation, they are paid for with taxes and require eminent domain. Massive casualties on those too. And if a road is designed bad and has high casualties the government is never held to account.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    You haven't experienced Manila… Hehehe.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Yes, the public transportation system is a vital essence for growing the urban population. Still, who wants to pay? Such as LA, it is impossible to make a new transportation system. Most of city real estates are owned by privates. Do you really think they sacrifice and are willing to abdicate their ownership for the public? Otherwise, the city government has to offer reasonable compensation money. Still, the truth is even now the city gov is suffering from massive debt. Increase sales or income tax? or start a public fundraising campaign? All those options are not practical nor won't be supported by the voters

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  • August 27, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    This is rather myopic. Northeastern cities are praised in this presentation, however, DC and NYCs heavy rail infrastructure is crumbling. Dallas is mentioned several times as problematic, however, the city has the largest light rail system in the USA. Yep, we drive a lot. The geography problem has been addressed organically; urban development has significantly redeveloped itself around each of the stations. Please research all angles when you write professionally. Source: https://ggwash.org/view/37371/would-you-have-guessed-dallas-has-the-countrys-biggest-light-rail-system

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Sucks sucks and sucks. I live in Brooklyn , sometimes like to go to Manhattan, but last time. Out train was stoked in tunnel and I start having panick attack. After that I just don't go to any places anymore ….Tragedy

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  • August 28, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    Bus is worse then the tram in UK

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    I'm usually a target for homeless people when I ride public transportation. No thanks

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    4:10 so depressing.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    It's true the freedom I have with having my own vehicle is something I wouldn't give up. Being able to go anywhere within my continent at any time is too much to give up.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    I can tell you why not. Actually Thomas Sowell can. Public transportation cannot be successful as long as there is public sector unions. All major cities owe way to much to transportation unions in unfunded obligations. The most expensive part of public transportation is the people. If you want "public" transportation – privatize it. Government run will just sink a city. Look at Portland OR. It's about to go bankrupt because the massive benefits package that public transportation works get. So no it's not the car that is preventing it. It's the government.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    Don't glorify the streetcar system or TriMetfor Portland for there is a large amount of crimes and drugs and stabbings and just everything shity that comes along with TriMet system

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