Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US

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  • Published: 26 September 2017
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Comments • 10 782

  • Andrew Byi
    Andrew Byi  34 minutes back

    Well now we have Uber and Lyft.

    • • Neøn •
      • Neøn •  2 hours back

      _come to Canada_

      • Power Point Pleb
        Power Point Pleb  5 hours back

        You know what also sucks
        *giggles* a vacuum cleaner
        What did you think i was going to say you dirty minded freak

        • Xaverderschnitzelfan
          Xaverderschnitzelfan  10 hours back

          Just dont live in the US.

          • ArcticCoco 908
            ArcticCoco 908  10 hours back

            Have you been to Africa?

            • John Connor
              John Connor  11 hours back

              I was expecting to hear more of why we don’t have great public transportation.

              • TopHatPenguin
                TopHatPenguin  12 hours back

                I feel blessed to be living in Boston now where, even though the public transportation isn’t great and slow, it’s still pretty good if you need to get around town

                • Yet Man
                  Yet Man  12 hours back

                  just over 10 minutes what a coincidence

                  • The High Wall
                    The High Wall  18 hours back

                    Would love for you to make videos for public transportation for different countries not the usa alone it would be awesome!

                    • Bethany
                      Bethany  1 days back

                      that's mad, i wish public transport was better globally! as a 16 year old in somerset,england there is barely any public transport, probably because the population density is so low - 161 people/km² compared to england's average of 415/km²

                      • Logan Wildermuth
                        Logan Wildermuth  1 days back

                        I take that trip from indianapolis to anderson every morning😂

                        • Gamer the Great
                          Gamer the Great  1 days back

                          I mean.. We have buses and shit but they're crappy used ones bought from Germany

                        • Gamer the Great
                          Gamer the Great  1 days back

                          Come in Romania to see what '' sucks'' really means

                          • Random Cat On The Internet

                            Me as Singaporean, i guess i just ride my bikecycle

                            • Tamim Nasir
                              Tamim Nasir  2 days back

                              *goes to bart on the same day I watched this

                              • N C
                                N C  2 days back

                                4:02 my house is in that old footage

                                • N C
                                  N C  2 days back

                                  In my country there is problem, and that problem is transport. It takes very long time. Because Kazakhstan is big.

                                  • Apple User 2
                                    Apple User 2  2 days back

                                    Got an Amtrak ad XD

                                    • Tomasina Covell
                                      Tomasina Covell  2 days back

                                      The term "Small Government" has nothing to do with the actual "size" of of governments, it's all about the enforceability of regulations on corporations, i.e. "rules" on the behalf of the public's interest.

                                      • Roy
                                        Roy  2 days back

                                        Because USA is a Chutiya country 🤣

                                        • Joe R M
                                          Joe R M  2 days back

                                          One thing not well known, streetcar companies usually had their own power generators. More than their lines needed... so they sold that excess power to the public, which boosted revenue. Then came Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935... which made it ILLEGAL to be both a power company and a streetcar operator. All that extra revenue went poof.

                                          • Ivailo Stoychev
                                            Ivailo Stoychev  2 days back

                                            It's not bad




                                            *It's Non-Existent*

                                            • Adam Katt
                                              Adam Katt  2 days back

                                              I live 30 miles from work in NorCal, a car is the only way to work. Also its getting to expensive...

                                              • AlissonSv2
                                                AlissonSv2  2 days back

                                                Seems like every fucking problem in the US is either because of cars or oil.

                                                • George Cowsert
                                                  George Cowsert  2 days back

                                                  I just wish we could make economic helicopters. Something that let's you fly over all the roads and get to any location with minimal infrastructure, at a cheap cost.

                                                  • Seojoon Lee
                                                    Seojoon Lee  2 days back

                                                    6:40 I live in Boston and always use public transportation. It gets me pretty much anywhere I need, although it does take longer than driving. Trains come every 5 minutes and buses usually come every 10-40 minutes, depending on the stop. Once in a while I need to use uber or lyft, but all in all it’s way cheaper and more efficient to not own a car here.

                                                    • Finley1321
                                                      Finley1321  2 days back

                                                      London needs bikes the US needs freedom for public transportation HELLO? BIKES!!!!!

                                                      • AJC
                                                        AJC  3 days back

                                                        America, the country that was always the best at something at one point in its life.

                                                        • TopHatPenguin
                                                          TopHatPenguin  12 hours back

                                                          AJC hey we made some pretty chill models that the world took and improved upon, we were first in a lot so, that made us “the best”.

                                                      • Sarcasm
                                                        Sarcasm  3 days back

                                                        Im too awkward to use public transportation but luckily I live in Europe and i can either walk or bike to where i want to go

                                                        • jubeifyGuy guy
                                                          jubeifyGuy guy  3 days back

                                                          Lol who said they're shunning cars? Lol... most young people dream of getting their first car when theyre 16 and having the freedom to be connected to the entire country by the interstate

                                                          • TTV Reflex Ninja
                                                            TTV Reflex Ninja  4 days back

                                                            Cant people use uber instead of using public transport

                                                            • oil9vinergar
                                                              oil9vinergar  4 days back

                                                              we like it.... you don't???? if you're not here: don't come because we don't want you anyways.... if you are here: get out because we don't want you anyways.... OK....... have a nice day.......

                                                              • SupeHero00
                                                                SupeHero00  4 days back

                                                                Well.. In San Francisco you have buses with really nice and normal people

                                                                • En Mi
                                                                  En Mi  5 days back

                                                                  I prefer rout taxis. Much faster and actualy more comfortable, less vibration from engine, than busses.

                                                                • R1B3Y3
                                                                  R1B3Y3  5 days back

                                                                  I absolutely hate driving, and just about everything involved with car ownership. I would be more than happy to give up my car if I could.

                                                                  • wiedep
                                                                    wiedep  5 days back

                                                                    Democrats ALSO VOTED FOR THE SUBSIDIES FOR NON-PUBLIC TRANSPORT Enough with the political corectness

                                                                    • Reilly-K
                                                                      Reilly-K  6 days back

                                                                      It's funny how you show clips of TRAX streetcars multiple times, but you don't mention Salt Lake City. :p

                                                                      In all seriousness, I'm happy to see local public transport being expanded, especially considering the large homeless problem. It's nothing new to know that people can navigate the most dense areas on TRAX streetcars for free thanks to the free fare zone, but now I'm hearing rumors that UTA is considering making all TRAX lines free at some point. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but it would have such a positive impact if true.

                                                                      There's also the new bus routes being continually planned and added, and the TRAX line to the SLC airport that was constructed just a few years ago. A line to the airport is of course amazingly helpful in its own right, but this line also brought in another Frontrunner transfer station placed on South Temple - right next to the urban hub. The high-speed Frontrunner lines are instrumental in connecting the more distant, more affordable housing areas with downtown SLC, so this new transfer station has made a world of convenience for many people, including a few of my friends.

                                                                      The Utah state government might not have all of its ducks in a row (far from it), but it's good to see effort being made on the continued production of public transport.

                                                                      • Moeychakafoos
                                                                        Moeychakafoos  7 days back

                                                                        u think americas transport is bad, come to australia, people spray dicks on the train

                                                                        • Pankaj Bhambhani
                                                                          Pankaj Bhambhani  1 weeks back

                                                                          I seriously respect the idea of freedom that Americans tend to have, but in this case, associating having a car with freedom is clearly an illusion!


                                                                          I live in Boston and am reasonably happy with public transportation here (not perfect, but works) to not need a car. But I didn't realize how strongly I felt about public transport until I took a trip to the West where I had to basically drive by myself all the time. I enjoyed my time overall but boy was I was rearing to get back to Boston and not have to worry about driving to every single place, no matter how small a thing I may need.


                                                                          I don't have a problem with Americans loving the car, but my point is, if someone doesn't want to drive, he should not be forced to drive.


                                                                          Forcing someone to drive is not freedom because the public transport is usually appalling. Providing them option to choose from good road system and good public transport system is the real definition of freedom!

                                                                          • Nick Akers
                                                                            Nick Akers  1 weeks back

                                                                            There’s a lot of things to be worried about in regards to the future of this country, but I think that we will see an even more considerable resurgence of quality public transportation in the coming decades. Personally I don’t see myself ever going without owning a car, it’s true what he says in the video, it offers you a freedom that fixed transportation routes can’t fill, that’s both the case in the US, as well as in Europe. However, what’s frustrating to me is that I have to jump into my car to go to a lot of places within my own city. I shouldn’t have to drive, I should be able to leave my car sitting for days at a time without using it. I’m fortunate to live in a neighborhood with loose zoning laws, but even to get to my job would take an hour with public transportation, but if I go during off-peak hours, I could drive there in 20 minutes. Rush hour can be much more brutal, but considering the transit option is a bus, I’m SOL either way.

                                                                          • Commander Cameron
                                                                            Commander Cameron  1 weeks back

                                                                            Y’all ever seen a train in Tokyo or Hong Kong? ok then enough said

                                                                            • Bob Singh
                                                                              Bob Singh  4 days back

                                                                              Commander Cameron

                                                                              Vat are ju saying buddy?

                                                                          • Temujin
                                                                            Temujin  1 weeks back

                                                                            US is a shithole why even make a video on its shitty transportation

                                                                            • Johnny
                                                                              Johnny  1 weeks back

                                                                              Lucky Americans it sucks so much more in Germany, especially in cologne and berlin

                                                                            • Caleb Marks
                                                                              Caleb Marks  1 weeks back

                                                                              Good, I'm glad there isnt more public transit. I hate buses about as much as I hate bicyclists.

                                                                              • Ercushka Kulmetov
                                                                                Ercushka Kulmetov  6 days back

                                                                                wow u sure have a lot of hate, give your heart to jesus young man

                                                                            • Bob Singh
                                                                              Bob Singh  2 weeks back

                                                                              Even India’s Metro is better than US Subways

                                                                              • keiming227
                                                                                keiming227  2 weeks back

                                                                                Speak of public transportation, Japanese cities like Tokyo public transportation is good as hell

                                                                                • YMML Aviation
                                                                                  YMML Aviation  2 weeks back

                                                                                  And people say that "Oh America is great, it's the best, wow."
                                                                                  The thing is its not, it really isn't, so many things wrong with it.
                                                                                  Mass shootings, bad transport, bad airports, high costs, etc. I can go on
                                                                                  I'm so glad that I live in Australia
                                                                                  Don't get me wrong, America is a good country, but there are so many things that make the country bad, like the list I mentioned. Trump is only making things worse with his logic, thinking that everyone needs a gone, and anyone can get a gun with a broken backround check. That's how school shooters got their guns, even if they have criminal records.

                                                                                  • Czekoloko Sweet
                                                                                    Czekoloko Sweet  2 weeks back

                                                                                    TRAMS People TRAMS