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Old 06-10-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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I'm not even sure if it exists...I've been to NYC and Boston and their subway systems are always very congested with people pushing, shoving (occasionally yelling) and tempers are high.

In all honesty I'm trying to avoid that like the plague.

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:07 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Not, repeat NOT, San Francisco. Our Muni "service" is in a chronic case of crisis.

Portland has excellent transport, though I'm not sure it could be described as a "major" city.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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Not, repeat NOT, San Francisco. Our Muni "service" is in a chronic case of crisis.

Portland has excellent transport, though I'm not sure it could be described as a "major" city.

Thanks for your response. Do most people take BART in San Fran, or drive to work?
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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They call it "mass" transit for a reason.

I've never been in a subway in Boston, NYC, Chicago DC that wasn't packed getting to or leaving the central busines districts during rush hour. It's the nature of the beast. But I do wonder if they have the same crush in Atlanta or Miami or LA. I'd suspect that in Sunbelt cities with the driving culture, maybe not as much.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Any major city that has a good transit system should have packed cars during rush hour periods.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Thanks for your response. Do most people take BART in San Fran, or drive to work?
BART isn't that useful for trips within San Francisco. Many people in outlying neighborhoods use Muni anyway, some ride bikes, some ride scooters or motorcycles, and a few do drive -- but parking downtown is very expensive.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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Not, repeat NOT, San Francisco. Our Muni "service" is in a chronic case of crisis.

Portland has excellent transport, though I'm not sure it could be described as a "major" city.
Most of Portland's major routes are frequently packed during rush hour or events. I mean, I'm not sure what the OP is looking for, since the places with the best transit systems are often the most used...

Is there a US city with a good heavy rail system but medium ridership numbers? Usually those systems aren't as expansive though, since places that invest in a heavy rail or light rail system but fail to attract riders often limit any expansion...
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Not, repeat NOT, San Francisco. Our Muni "service" is in a chronic case of crisis.

Portland has excellent transport, though I'm not sure it could be described as a "major" city.

The only people who say this is those who do not have to depend upon it. Anyone who is looking for the facts, please do some actual research from information actually obtained from reliable sources that can be found from reports originating in Portland. If it isn't in a chronic case of crisis, it's certainly careening towards it.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I found the Philadelphia subway not packed (empty seats were still left) near rush hour. Might have depended on the route, but in general it felt less crowded than Boston let alone New York City.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:39 AM
 
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It's interesting, I use a certain strategy. In Chicago during the rush hour the trains get packed. My secret? First train that comes into the station, if it will be jam packed, I don't even get on it. Why? There is one right behind it that has half the people on it and I will just have to wait a minute more.

So I would say using this strategy:
95% of the time in the mornings to work I get a seat and I am comfortable/not crowded.
60% of the time in the evenings to get home, I get a seat and I am comfortable/not crowded.

This is of course also dependent where you get on/get off.
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