• Public Transportation in the U.S.

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by Pensyfan19
 
I found this video from Vox recently (and is even trending on YouTube) comparing the public transportation systems of the U.S. to Canada and how it can improve. What I found interesting is that they placed an emphasis on having frequent public transportation (including buses) travel between suburb to suburb instead of the existing pattern of downtown hub to suburbs. It also goes over familiar funding battles where the Democrats want more urban development, transit-oriented hubs while Republicans want to build more highways. The discussion floor is open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZDZtBRTyeI
  by electricron
 
Why are you so surprised that suburbanites want different transit options than urbanites?
I am not.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Mr. Pennsy, I'm sorry to report that the demographics of a PACE (Chicago suburban bus system) rider and that of a METRA are "night and day" from one another. That within the CTA on 157 Route (meanders between the Loop, Streeterville, River North and Lincoln Park) is "a mite bit" different that that of the 54 Route (straight up and down Cicero Ave).

Funny how PACE has determined that 24 passenger vehicles meet their present or anticipated demand. They're there "for the help".
  by GWoodle
 
This video forgets the ability to transfer from a CTA bus to a Pace bus. Every CTA rider knows for a quarter you can transfer from an east-west route to something north-south. Some Pace routes serve as feeders into a CTA rapid transit stop. With the transfer you get 2 hours or must use the most direct route from A to B. These days most paper transfers have been replaced by a stored value transit card.

These days AFAIK most systems have an app for your phone so that you know when the next bus is expected. On the computer it will show where the next bus is. The bus may be a little late due to heavy boarding, weather, etc.
  by STrRedWolf
 
GWoodle wrote: Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:18 pm This video forgets the ability to transfer from a CTA bus to a Pace bus. Every CTA rider knows for a quarter you can transfer from an east-west route to something north-south. Some Pace routes serve as feeders into a CTA rapid transit stop. With the transfer you get 2 hours or must use the most direct route from A to B. These days most paper transfers have been replaced by a stored value transit card.

These days AFAIK most systems have an app for your phone so that you know when the next bus is expected. On the computer it will show where the next bus is. The bus may be a little late due to heavy boarding, weather, etc.
Most systems are working with Transit, feeding into a central repository and also getting feedback back. Transit does a bit of gamification by allowing users to jump on a bus and provide better tracking for it.
  by Albany Rider
 
As one who has lived in two cities & now am a suburb dweller, I share the view that city dwellers & suburban residents have different needs and like multi-modal system. I find it interesting that the American Pubic Transit Association reported late last week the of the 16 transit ballot propositions facing voters across the country last week, 13 passed -- even those increasing local taxes. I will take that as a good sign that US transportation will improve in the future.