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Old 01-03-2018, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Describe the public transportation in your city. Efficiency, cost, comfort, service, etc. Give it a grade, ABCD. (Or a city you know well enough to evaluate it)

For me, I give an A to Cebu, Philippines.

Three levels of transport:

1. Tricycle. Basically, a motorcycle with a covered sidecar, designed to carry two passengers, but Ive seen seven. A mile or two for about 40-60c (US) -- further than that, about the same fare as a taxi. It's all there is, off the jeepney routes.

2. Jeepney. The famous big Manila jeepneys are rare here, most are just converted vans with benches down the sides, aisle in the middle, seat about 16, follow main routes. From any suburb to the center 25c, or to intermediate points 15c. Very frequent, every minute or two. Crowded but open and airy.

3. Taxi. 6,000 taxis in a metro of 3-million is not enough, often a 15 minute wait to get one except at a few major gathering point.s But all are new, clean cars, AC, and any point in the metro to the center or airport, metered, about $6 max Starting fare is 80c to slam the door. Courteous pleasant honest drivers.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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There are buses and taxi.
I never use them because everything is within walking or biking distance.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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Good, but could be much better, I hope it will thanks to Olympic games
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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We have buses, commuter trains, commuter Ferries a bike share scheme, and taxis/uber. All of which is expensive except the bike share which costs about $60 a year. Brisbane is a big sprawling place with lots of hills and small moutains in it. (The terrain and climate makes cycling especially difficult unless you are of reasoable fitness level). Most people drive, however the closer you are to the centre of the city the more user friendly the transport becomes. You can most certainly live without a car, i did so for many years.

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Old 01-03-2018, 05:34 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Public transport is good where I live, around town anyway, plenty of night buses, plenty of taxis. Public transport across the UK is (in the main) very good, particularly in the cities, particularly in London.......................And then there is the trains! The railway in the UK is god damn awful! Terrible, shameful. I would suggest it is amongst the very worst in Europe as well as (probably) the most expensive. Something has to be done.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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London

Rental Bikes - 13,600. London was one of the first cities to promote the use of rental bikes.

Taxis - 87,000 including 22,500 Black Cabs the rest being Private Hire such as Uber and Minicabs

Buses - 9,000 Buses which are currently being converted to clean energy. 90% of Londoners are within 400 metres of a bid stop and services run 24 hours a day.

International Rail - St Pancras International Station, services via High Speed 1 to Lille, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, South of France and the Alps with new services planned.

National Rail - The most well known National Rail Stations in London are Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo. London is a hub for numerous national rail services including the East Coast Main Line, West Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line, Great Western Main Line and Great Eastern Main Line.

Urban Heavy Rail - There are over 330 Heavy Urban Rail Stations within the boundary of Greater London and the system links areas within London and beyingd in respect of regional services. These services are mainly local and regional and consist of the following 10 operators - c2c, Chiltern Railways, Thameslink and Great Northern, Abellio Greater Anglia, Heathrow Connect and Great Western Railway, London Overground, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway and Crossrail.

London Underground - The syatem has over 270 stations and 250 miles (400 km) of track, it is has 11 Lines. The service along with London Overground runs 24 hours at weekends as part of Night Tube. The system is currently being expanded through the current Northern Line extension and the planned Bakerloo Line extension in South London.

Docklands Light Railway - The Docklands Light Railway runs to the East, and currently has 7 lines and 45 Stations. The system is driverless and there are expansion plans.

Tramlink - Tramlink runs through parts of South London and currently has 4 lines and 39 stations, the system, and the Dingwell Road extension is currently being implimented and there are future expansion proposals.

River Buses - There are currently Five River Bus routes which run from 21 piers between Putney and Woolwich. However new routes are currently being introduced as part of an expansion programme.

Cable Car - The Emirates AIr Line Cable Car runs between Greenwich Peninsula (O2 Arena) and the Royal Victoria Dock (ExCel Centre).

Airports - The following airports serve London and have local and express transport links - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City of London Airport and Southend, whilst London also has a Heliport at Battersea. Most of these airports have expansion plans, with Heathrow planning a third runway and Gatwick is also planning a new runway.

Ports - The Port of London today comprises over 70 independently owned terminals and port facilities, directly employing over 30,000 people.These are mainly concentrated at Purfleet (with the world's largest margarine works), Thurrock, Tilbury (the Port's current main container facility), London Gateway, Coryton and Canvey Island in Essex, Dartford and Northfleet in Kent, and Greenwich, Silvertown, Barking, Dagenham and Erith in Greater London.

There has been a massive resurgence in London's ports in recent years with the vast new London Gateway Megaport Scheme and plans to increase the size of the port and it's capacity at Tilbury and a new New Greenwich International Cruise Terminal recently opened to cater for the cruise line industry.

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Old 01-03-2018, 06:29 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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São Paulo:

There are five underground metro lines and seven overground train lines, and more two monorail complementary lines are being built. However, not all places of the city are easily reachable by metro. Buses are prevalent for shorter comutes and for travels to other municipalities not served by train. São Paulo also features many kilometers of bike lanes. There are neither tramways nor transport through water. There is a good taxi offer, although private services such as Uber or Cabify are fully legal.

I'll give it a C grade, due to the still poor metro coverage.

The cities which I visited and can be compared to São Paulo in terms of population and size are Buenos Aires, Paris and London. I would give to Buenos Aires a B grade - the metro is smaller, dirtier and older, but with a better distribution throughout the city. For London and Paris, I'll give a B+; in the case of London, because some underground lines have forks and may make some first-time visitors get lost, and in the case of Paris because the trains could be more modern and with a better safety - I could see once a man jumping in the ticket blocks without paying and no policeman or private security was there for preventing.

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Old 01-03-2018, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Public transport is good where I live, around town anyway, plenty of night buses, plenty of taxis. Public transport across the UK is (in the main) very good, particularly in the cities, particularly in London.......................And then there is the trains! The railway in the UK is god damn awful! Terrible, shameful. I would suggest it is amongst the very worst in Europe as well as (probably) the most expensive. Something has to be done.
Trains are expensive, however our system is noth the safest in Europe and the fastest growing and wqe have already spent vast amounts in the South East and London on projects such as Thameslink (£7.5 Billion), Crossrail (£15 Billion), HS1 which links kent services to Waterloo a station that is undergoing a £1 billion refurbishment with longer platforms and new platforms (old Eurostar platforms), whilst London Bridge Station is just finishing a £1 billion upgrade as part of Thameslink.

Once Thameslink is completed in 2019 there will be a heavy train train south to north every two minutes, whilst the same will be true east to west in relation to Crossrail.

The Pacer trains have gone from Northern Services and £13 billion is being spent in the North, with direct trains to Manchester Airport, a link betwen Manchester Stations, and new rolling stock and electrification.

The same is true of the South and Midland, as well as Wales with South Wales Metro in the pipeline whilst Birminghams New Station is vast and will form part of the major hubs oin relation to the £56 Billion HS2 Scheme, with other major schemes such as Crossrail 2 (£31 Billion) and the HS3 Northern Link betwewen Liverpool and Hull in the pipeline.

Our system was underfunded for years however there is a lot to be positive about in terms of current and future developments.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:46 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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For a U.S. city, I give Washington DC a B or B+. The city proper has solid metrorail coverage in its downtown and fairly good metrobus coverage elsewhere within the city. We also have other regional and commuter rail lines like Amtrak, Marc and VRE.

The inner suburbs of Washington DC have decent metrorail coverage, although it is not extensive. Buses fill in most of the gaps. There will also be a light rail line across 2 counties in Maryland starting in 2022.

Of course, there are plenty of taxis and uber and all that stuff.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:46 AM
 
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Melbourne has a decent level of public transportation in the city spread out across buses, trams and trains (suburban network).

The tram network is the largest in the world and covers many areas of the city. Trains on the other hand could use some work. The network is fairly extensive but suffers from being a fairly antiquated system. The trains need to incorporate automatic doors, which have been a staple of many networks for a long period of time.
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