Visualizing The World's Public Transit

This info-graphic from Good compares subways an rapid transit rail systems from around the world, by track miles and ridership.

"Even though subways are a fuel-efficient way to move people around congested urban areas, Americans make poor use of them, probably because they are poorly funded and often don't travel where we want to go. Right now, of the five most-used subway systems in the country, only New York City's attracts as many riders as the five largest foreign subway systems."

Full Story: American Public Transit Lags Behind



Why not ask people?

The article states, "... Americans make poor use of them, probably [emphasis mine] because..." Perhaps someone could do research into the reasons why some people do not use transit systems. I'm surprised the article didn't either cite a study or bemoan a lack of such research.

Transit - sustainable and personal mobility options

At the national scale with a large economic responsibility... the transit system shall first support the national priorities...connecting centres of business operations.

This first-tier of coordinate enable and support travel for about 3000 million people around the country. The existing infrastructure largely built in 50/60's are based on the highways need to be ways to modern fuel efficient and fast transit systems, complementary to necessary air travels. The issue of sprawl and economics have less stake over this national priorities.

Then, the intra-city/regional transportation used by commuters. The issues of sprawl and economic considerations..etc.. shall not overshadow the national/regional fast-fuel efficient rail systems..a fact that was recognized by European nations, East Asian countries..

These national/regional fast rail network will spur lot more economic transactions in cities and smaller towns and inter-link economic opportunities...this is an business and economic opportunity badly needed during this bad economic season..

Try to strike a balance btw national priorities, economic opportunities and local sustainablity efforts and issues...and not bias with an one consideration or other...that is key to visionary PLANNING.

Ajay Nair
MBA (S.Illinois Uni.) MURP (CEPT Uni.)

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