Public transportation in North America -we could do better…

Here is why the trains come first, and then the quiet, safe, separately ventilated apartments and office buildings:

The fact that Vancouver transit has posted such strong gains in the absence of Uber and Lyft undercuts those companies’ claims about reducing car usage in major cities. But it also shows that the formula for rising ridership isn’t that complicated: Providing ample service while clustering development around good transit will yield results.

So, it turns out that even up in the cold north, folks use mass transit, when it is available with decent service.  The US could take some lessons from our northern neighbors…

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Action Items in support of transportation for All that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to use public transportation.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you could encourage your local transit board to improve mass transit in your region.

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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1.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.


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8 thoughts on “Public transportation in North America -we could do better…

  1. I live in Vancouver, and there have been a few factors that have contributed. One is that post-secondary (and I believe secondary) students must all get a a student transit pass. Another is that there have been two rapid transit lines out towards the suburbs that have been built over the last decade, so for many people, rapid transit is actually faster than driving. There are also car-sharing services that make it easier to not own a car but yet still have easy access to a car when needed.

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    1. Thank you, Ashley.
      The rapid transit lines really do make such a difference, as do the student passes, especially for high school kids, as it gives them a level of independence but on a safe system (if run correctly) that can also encourage middle class adults to use the system outside of work hours, which I think makes the real difference. And you are absolutely right that the car-sharing helps too, for transporting things when needed (I recall ZipCar’s first truck in the Boston area!).

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    1. Thank you, Quips! 🙂

      At least some of my teaching experience is useful here, I hope and am glad to hear from you!
      (I also found that students really like stories: even adult students! So I tried to incorporate this into my lesson planning, and I guess it also found its way into my blogging accidentally!)


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  2. Public transit where I live is kind of ridiculous. I’m in a Silicon Valley suburb, and my office (on the days I go in rather than working from home) is 20 minutes away bad traffic. If I were to take public transit, I would have to drive or walk to the nearest station (15 minutes if I walk), spend 45 minutes on light rail or bus, and then walk another 15 minutes or so from the closest stop to my office. The physical distance is 2.5 miles, and I just can’t justify an hour or more on public transit for that.

    Contrast when I lived in San Francisco, where the bus, train, etc., were frequent and well-designed; I couldn’t imagine owning a car in the City.

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