Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US


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  • l l
    l l  4 hours back

    People in the U.S. prefer cars.

    • Austin Martín Hernández

      Public transportation is 100% nonexistent in small towns in the US.

      • Austin Martín Hernández

        Okay you got something wrong that made me cringe. Politicians don't have to allow gun ownership. It's a constitutional right!

        • Andrei Kohler
          Andrei Kohler  10 hours back

          This is a 50% truth. Its not telling you the other 50% of the reason why we don't have better public transportation: The Oil Industry and its lobbying... Here is the other 50% of the truth: Every time a city (or a state) puts out a bill for building more public transportation, the oil industry kills it (with lobbying and advertisement). The reason is simple: they don't want to loose that market share of people driving, because that uses a lot more oil than public transport... and now folks, you have the whole truth :) Cheers.

          • Mike Jewitt
            Mike Jewitt  4 days back

            Since when have republicans been for small government

            • Ryanair Man7890
              Ryanair Man7890  4 days back

              While in Warsaw we get around the city in a suburban train (basically a normal train)

              • Gerwulf
                Gerwulf  4 days back

                Car master race represent, can go anywhere we want, when we want it, not bound by the limitation of bus routes and train tracks!

                • leon leon
                  leon leon  5 days back

                  How to improve public transportation in the?

                  • Captain Abs
                    Captain Abs  5 days back

                    5:17, so erm do americans not have indicators?

                    • MarvelousSandstone
                      MarvelousSandstone  5 days back

                      Meanwhile here in Germany we have something called "Bus Taxi"(sometimes also called a Rufbus or other names) in some rural areas and it's basically small bus stations where a bus only comes when you call a certain number. Those are specifically made to bring passengers form rural areas to bigger public transport stations so those that can't drive can access bigger towns and cities.
                      I never used it myself because I do live in a big city but it works well and is even expanded.

                      • Edward Gehringer
                        Edward Gehringer  5 days back

                        What do you mean tax subsidies for cars? The gasoline tax is supposed to fund roads, but funds are constantly siphoned off for other uses, especially other transportation. The bias on this video will make me distrust others in this series.

                        • NAWW
                          NAWW  6 days back

                          Public transport sucks in general in every country

                          • Daniel Cieślak
                            Daniel Cieślak  7 days back

                            Where are your citations?? I'm trying to write a letter to my city council & mayor and I can't find the Harvard study to back up my stance lol.

                            • RaymondHng
                              RaymondHng  6 days back

                              The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates
                              Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University and NBER, May 2015

                          • TSAmplifiers
                            TSAmplifiers  7 days back

                            Europeans don't realize how vast this country is. Perfect transportation everywhere you go is not an easy undertaking. We are a car culture. Just the way it is.

                            • Ecclesiastes 2:24
                              Ecclesiastes 2:24  7 days back

                              There is some incorrect information in this video.
                              First: Zoning in many European countries is often quite strict as soon as you are outside of the historical city centre. Wendover compared the historic city centre of Amsterdam with a much newer development in Denver. If Wendover would have compared newer cities or neighborhoods with that place in Denver, he would have found no difference in terms of zoning policies. Newer developments have no mixed uses. Outside the historic city centres, Europe is much the same as the USA. You need a car to get around, public transport generally sucks, and shops are often located in large commercial developments with lots of parking.

                              Second: Trams do not drive economic development. What actually happens is that zoning is amended, so that profitable development, such as offices, can only take place near a tramline. To incentivize business even more, many local governments use an instrument called TIF, tax increment financing. This is basically a tax handout for these companies to locate themselves near the tramline. So, it is zoning plus TIF that is causing that local economic growth, but, at the expense of taxation revenues and at potential growth in other areas. On the whole, the economy does not grow from this sort of stuff.

                              • Kamwai Chan
                                Kamwai Chan  1 weeks back

                                Car industries, create a lot of jobs for the nation. Cars are more mobile, public transportation is slow, service are poor, etc
                                UK, we used to have British Leyland, it gone bust, the we lost a lot of jobs. Service industries, wages are poor, the companies slave the labour with ZERO hours contact.

                                • SuperHamrick94
                                  SuperHamrick94  1 weeks back

                                  public transport is useless in America outside of the bigger cities because there is so much distance between the big cities that use it, and that's such a huge cost to maintain so there's a huge loss of money. everyone has a car now to get across the bigger small towns now, so PT is almost useless. I'd love if trains and planes were more affordable and accessible again because not having to drive 3 hours in one direction to go see a sporting event would be great, even if it means driving an hour to the nearest city for me to ride PT across Ohio

                                  • Fred Krazé
                                    Fred Krazé  1 weeks back

                                    Its pretty cool how street cars were disbanded 100 years ago, but today they make sense again.

                                    • goodfellabeats
                                      goodfellabeats  1 weeks back

                                      Nothing new under the sun 8:47

                                      • Suzumi-kun
                                        Suzumi-kun  1 weeks back

                                        as a dutch person I can safely say I cannot imagine living somewhere where there isn't a bus stop within 20 minutes of walking distance

                                      • Adam Eckstein
                                        Adam Eckstein  2 weeks back

                                        Growing up in an Urban area of the US, I see what you are saying... however, everyone here has a car. Even dirt-poor farmers. And that's just a part of the culture. Our country is very spread out and has plenty of farmland. The only people who don't have cars here live in or by a city that in fact DOES have decent public transportation. I currently live in NJ and commute to NYC daily. The East coast has public transportation very well set up. You all act like so pretentious about public transportation. maybe if your socialist governments didn't tax the shit out of you you could afford a car like literally everyone in the US

                                        • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                          Marlon Moncrieffe  7 days back

                                          I live in the Big Apple and trains and buses and even walking make much more sense in a dense and compact city like mine; it is not simply about affording a car.

                                      • Tina Ward
                                        Tina Ward  2 weeks back

                                        If only my bus in Manton was reliable cuz you don't know if it's going to be on time or not. it is often usually going to be late.

                                        • Matti
                                          Matti  2 weeks back

                                          5:10 US ship flying the Royal Navy flag? Must be the USS Winston S. Churchill.

                                          • Paul Williams
                                            Paul Williams  2 weeks back

                                            We love cars in The USA 🇺🇸. We drive here

                                            • Paul Williams
                                              Paul Williams  2 weeks back

                                              NYC public transit is awesome. Toronto public transit is trash

                                              • Zachary Morin
                                                Zachary Morin  2 weeks back

                                                Calls the third largest city in Maine a tiny town. I mean, it’s small compared to cities of other states, but it still is an okay sized city

                                                • Brent 13377331
                                                  Brent 13377331  2 weeks back

                                                  5:12 to 5:17 is a joke at this point.

                                                  • iamnotgeoff
                                                    iamnotgeoff  2 weeks back

                                                    Chicago is another anomaly compared to the rest of the midwest, with it being the train capital of the US.

                                                    • Alex D
                                                      Alex D  2 weeks back

                                                      I love this video!
                                                      I currently live in US for half of the year and transportation is a disaster.
                                                      There are great number sidewalks that just end in the middle of nowhere.
                                                      I don't want to buy a car because I got used to take public transportation and I feel uncomfortable with driving car. On the other hand it is so painful to be without it. I can somehow commute in the city, there are some bus routes, but they are not enough.

                                                      • Todd
                                                        Todd  2 weeks back

                                                        I just ride my horse

                                                        • Capitão Explosão
                                                          Capitão Explosão  2 weeks back

                                                          Thank god I live in Portugal... they literally publicly apologize for 2 to 3 minute delays...

                                                          • Capitão Explosão
                                                            Capitão Explosão  2 weeks back

                                                            @Dean L yeah...
                                                            Our transportation network is pretty good, except for the 1980s buses and trains that ride on rusty tracks without suspension sistems..

                                                          • Dean L
                                                            Dean L  2 weeks back

                                                            Capitão Explosão Then there’s Australia, where our government blame overhead wire problems, signal problems, etc on “an act of God” like what does that even mean? Stupid.

                                                            Then there’s Japan, who apologise for second delays. Amazing.

                                                        • TheYeetiest YT
                                                          TheYeetiest YT  2 weeks back

                                                          Waiting for Sydney Transport...
                                                          Oh it's late, oh cancelled? Oh ok, late again.

                                                          • TehMorbidAtheist
                                                            TehMorbidAtheist  2 weeks back

                                                            Because Republiklans are wholly owned by the petro billionaires.

                                                            Also, in some rich neighborhoods rich people blocked public transportation expansion in their neighborhoods because they didn't want "those" people hanging around.

                                                            • TehMorbidAtheist
                                                              TehMorbidAtheist  1 weeks back

                                                              @Miguel Peralta
                                                              Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive Republican. And. Woodrow Wilson was a racist Democrat. Both lived 100+ years ago. Got anything from this century?

                                                              The KKK wasn't started by the "Democratic Party" But it was started by people who were southern Democrats - back in the era when Democrats were bible-thumping religious conservative traditionalists saying "My bible says slavery is okay, and the bible is the way the world should be!", while Republicans were social progressives in that era saying "The constitution of our country says liberty and equality are our principles, and we should live up to those principles!" which is basically the script of every civil rights battle we've ever had.

                                                              It wasn't until the Civil Rights Act that the parties changed. The Civil Rights Act was a bipartisan effort, and there were Democrats who opposed it (one who filibustered it, then spent the next 40 years apologizing to the new Democrats and getting re-elected - you'll have heard of him because trolls love to point out that Hillary Clinton said she admired him, ignoring the fact that this was long after his anti-civil rights past of course). It was signed into law by Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and southern racist traditionalist Democrats felt betrayed by their party and abandoned it in droves (several politicians during that era also switched parties, or went Independent - politicians or future politicians who switched parties during that era include Republican all-stars Ed Meese, Trent Lott, Strom Thurmond, Ronald Reagan who you might have heard of, and famous new Democrat Hillary Clinton, by the way). Johnson was the last Democratic President elected with a majority of the white vote.

                                                              Southern racist pro-segregationists didn't join the Republiklans immediately, who were still seen as progressives, until Nixon's "Southern Strategy" to pick up extra votes (which Nixon's advisers and Republiklan strategists at the time called by that name, and described, including its racist implications) assured them with easy-to-hear "dog whistles" that the Republiklan party was just as racist as they were - while maintaining plausible deniability (which is how dog whistle politics works). It worked perfectly, and the deep south which used to be solid Blue, has been solid Red ever since.

                                                              Also, ASK ANY KKK member or Neo-Nazi which party they vote for. They are 100% Republiklan now - you can't blame Democrats for that, no matter how much you might want to.

                                                              The Republiklans have been defined by their voters, and pandered to their voters, so much that they have pushed farther and farther right ever since Nixon, to the point of going off the deep end into far-right fascism.
                                                              Btw, Republiklans are racist because Johnson was the last Democratic President elected with a majority of the white vote.

                                                              I will say it again since that likely went over your head - the LAST Democratic President that was elected by MAJORITY of the WHITE vote was Lyndon Johnson - AFTER he had signed the Civil Rights Act into law - that's why the Republiklan party is the party of white racists.

                                                              I just gave you a history lesson. So you no longer have any have excuse to be an uninformed moron.

                                                              Name me 5 policies passed by by a Republiklan controlled Congress in the last 80 years that have helped the working class people.

                                                            • Miguel Peralta
                                                              Miguel Peralta  1 weeks back

                                                              TehMorbidAtheist laughs in Demokkkrat

                                                          • russko118
                                                            russko118  2 weeks back

                                                            You call them city car, in italian we call them tram

                                                            • RaymondHng
                                                              RaymondHng  2 weeks back

                                                              In the U.S. and Canada, the term _tram_ is mostly understood to be aerial tramways or people movers. The U.S. once had the horsecar for public transport. When they were electrified, they were called streetcars for the past 100 years.

                                                          • Loukas Pappas
                                                            Loukas Pappas  2 weeks back

                                                            At least the major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago they have a decent public transportation system. But obviously in Europe we have invested more money on that.

                                                            • Boris S.
                                                              Boris S.  2 weeks back

                                                              Mixed use zoning laws has other benefits. In the U.S, we have massive shopping malls (not that other nations don't, they're just more common here). To get to this concentration of goods and business, you have to drive miles past towns which might have some businesses of their own. Those town ultimately suffer economically because no one goes to them, but rather goes past them to the mall. Wealth from business and sales taxes isn't very well distributed between towns, but is instead concentrated in only a few, those with malls or business parks. Meanwhile in Europe, mixed use zoning often puts apartments near or even on top of stores and offices: you literally have the chance to buy goods as you leave your home or work, or when you take a short walk to the grocery. More chances is more sales and a better local economy. Plus, by walking, you excercise more and have more social interactions. So while public transit is vital, I think having mixed use zoning is just as important.

                                                              • Erick Alden
                                                                Erick Alden  2 weeks back

                                                                Moving to Boston in a few months. Selling my car before I go.

                                                                It baffles me how anyone can think paying thousands a year and sitting in traffic is freedom.

                                                                • Da Raptor
                                                                  Da Raptor  1 days back

                                                                  Erick Alden it's freedom because we can go anywhere at anytime.

                                                              • Gopiprasad 777
                                                                Gopiprasad 777  2 weeks back

                                                                Hello did u forget about Japan,where trains are pretty much everything

                                                                • LegendaryO34
                                                                  LegendaryO34  2 weeks back

                                                                  That's true in many other nations as well. He picked the UK over Japan or Korea probably because they have more comparable history over the past 150 years

                                                              • mark anderson
                                                                mark anderson  2 weeks back

                                                                because we have moved to the suburbs...spread out population requires personal transportation....plus. we love our cars

                                                                • Chris Rhodes
                                                                  Chris Rhodes  2 weeks back

                                                                  Tbh. I couldn't care less about the psuedo science of climate change. I just hate traffic.

                                                                • Clyde Craft
                                                                  Clyde Craft  2 weeks back

                                                                  Bro i bet most millenials are using public transportation because were all broke asf, not cuzz of environmental stuff

                                                                  • MZ
                                                                    MZ  2 weeks back

                                                                    As an urbanist, I love streetcars, As a motorcyclist I despise them!

                                                                    • Pouzdana
                                                                      Pouzdana  2 weeks back

                                                                      We only have one car so me going to college sucks bad because I have to rely on my dad and there’s no jobs in walking distance and my dad busy

                                                                      I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed public transportation is awful

                                                                      I’m where as bad as it gets: A city in California that only has 100k people and is centered around being on a major highway and residential area for between San Francisco and Sacramento

                                                                    • Gerald Sy
                                                                      Gerald Sy  2 weeks back

                                                                      Could it be that the Big 3 carmakers wanted and lobbied for it to be this way to encourage Americans to buy cars? My Brother In Law worked in the US for 6 months and said public transport was tough.

                                                                      • Colin Kerns
                                                                        Colin Kerns  3 weeks back

                                                                        Says that Boston has good public transport, clearly hasn’t been on the red line

                                                                        • Mickey G
                                                                          Mickey G  2 weeks back

                                                                          It's better than other US cities, but on the absolute level, it's still bad.

                                                                      • loki katzbalger
                                                                        loki katzbalger  3 weeks back

                                                                        Because America is a multicultural hell hole.

                                                                        • Player Hater
                                                                          Player Hater  2 weeks back

                                                                          Right, America has a problem that Scotland can't relate to, it's called 45 million strong low IQ'ed, sub-sharan black African population.

                                                                      • bfece cadaei
                                                                        bfece cadaei  3 weeks back

                                                                        6:23 How do they buy cup noodle at 2 a.m. ? Do they have convenient store?

                                                                        • LegendaryO34
                                                                          LegendaryO34  2 weeks back

                                                                          They usually drive to a gas station with a convenience store

                                                                      • NoticeDruid
                                                                        NoticeDruid  3 weeks back

                                                                        The key factor thats missing is the size to scale ratio in the U.S. simply the US is just too big to have a real good national scale public transportation system. Its way too cost prohibitive and wouldn't be profitable. Unlike in Europe or most parts of Asia the United States is just too big.

                                                                        • Da Raptor
                                                                          Da Raptor  2 weeks back

                                                                          NoticeDruid and our urban centers are sprawled out