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  • Diego Hemken

    Care should be taken to avoid excessively animal-like conditions for humans. I felt like livestock in a crowded Mexico City metro. And the mind-jellifying television is very harmful. Efficiency is great, but it must be balanced with decency.

  • Chen-Hung Wu

    Interesting one. Here in Taipei definitely has a minor transit culture. Frankly speaking, the density and quality of public transportation system is not bad, actually quite great here and I use metro and buses almost everyday, but it's just too hard for Taiwanese to give up on scooters. Some prefer not to take buses when they've got their own scooters, of which we've got huge amounts here in Taiwan. Although these cause air pollution and daily crazy turmoil on roads (I've actually been pissed off by some rude riders for million times when driving), you could directly get to the places you're heading to and no need to worry about the parking spaces. They're too big here and people just can't quit them for their mobility. I think it's the culture thing and it takes time to change it.

  • Noah Saber Freedman

    i live in montreal and take the bus/metro every day. there's a wonderful public transit culture here (all-star busker showcases? yes, please.) the STM, as we call it, is widely used, and very efficient.

    of course, the correlation/causation caution in effect ;)

  • Hannah Wasserman

    This is super interesting. I spend 6 months in Madrid-- which has a big transit culture in general. I took the bus to school because it was a more direct route--- people didn't really have an opinion of bus v. metro. After Madrid I moved to NYC, which is big on subway and not so much on bus. Wonder if payment has anything to do with it. I know the subway is more expensive in nyc than the bus.

    • louisah

      In London the tube is more expensive than the bus and there is a very good public transport system-but much of the rest of the country's transport links go via london and there is no funding from national government for long distance public transport between cities -only within them -so if you dont have a car you mainly stay in your own city unless you can afford the train which is no longer subsidised so very expensive

  • Anna Silverman

    Interesting question. I love taking the train or metro, but generally avoid buses.

    • Douglas Sellers

      I agree, I don't mind taking the train or the metro but avoid the bus. Is that just a cultural problem?

    • Joe Peach

      I hate taking the tube in London - hot, overcrowded. The bus, however, is rarely full, and offers views of one of the world's finest cities. And it's our city's most-used transport option.

        • Joe Peach

          Any non-car option is great! Interesting to see people's preferences.

          • louisah

            Maybe it should be more than just a preference as preferring the car will lead directly to more damage to the ozone layer and more global warming so car us = environmental destruction