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Old 04-11-2018, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I agree more or less, though it tends to depend on the city. Calgary sprawls quite a bit, yet it's metro only has marginally more people than the city proper. Outside of Toronto and Montreal, I haven't been too impressed with Canada's PT. I do like Vancouver's offering, but it's not expansive enough. Calgary's and Edmonton's remain lackluster, even after some of the more recent expansions.
Its not just a matter of liking the offerings. It is a matter of how much people embrace transit and actually use PT and in Canada - the percentage is higher. There aren't a lot of big cities in Canada so the big 3 whose metro area populations which have a whopping 30-35 percent of Canada's entire population are decent users of PT. If you look at Montreal and Toronto's subway systems they are ranked 2nd and 3rd in ridership in Canada/U.S with NYC number 1 (no surprise). Vancouver is ranked 9th and has higher ridership than much larger cities in the U.S like S.F, Philly, Atlanta, L.A, Dallas, Houston etc. I think that speaks to something. It is a combination of higher density in the urban cores than the more sprawl like U.S cities and a greater propensity to embrace PT.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:28 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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It's not just about access for broadband. The quality can be pretty inconsistent, even in major cities. I don't hear people from developed Asia and Europe joke about how bad their local providers are.
I did a speed test and my connection is 159 Mbps download 143 Mbps upload. Internet speed depends on your provider. I use Verizon FIOS broadband (fiber optic).

You can also get pretty good complimentary broadband access at Starbucks and McDonalds.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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There actually has been lots of talk about building a Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne high speed rail link. I doubt it will happen in my lifetime however.

There is loads of domestic air traffic running between the 3 cities thats for sure.

World's busiest airline flight routes: Melbourne-Sydney now world's second busiest
Busy short run air routes are generally the best candidates for replacement by high speed rail especially since it lets you go from city center to city center. It makes a lot of sense for these cities especially since an electrified high speed rail line would use electricity (which Australia can have a ton of due to its solar potential) versus the jet fuel that Australia must import. It would be really sensible and it's odd that it hasn't happened already nor even under construction.

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They aren't bad, but your average European city will have a much more robust system. Both cities are served by LRT and have undergone several expansions since their original inception, but don't have commuter rail services.

I haven't been to Adelaide so I'm not too sure what the scene is like over there, though I do know that they have their own LRT running.
Mostly, yes--your mileage varies a bit as Europe is large and diverse. For metros of that size range, Calgary and Edmonton's mass transit infrastructure is nowhere towards the top since you have similarly sized metros with very large rail networks like Oslo, so these two would rank towards the bottom in comparison if you're also looking at the trams and the usually very extensive commuter rail network.

Compared to US cities of similar metro size, these two compare very favorably and seems to compare favorably to Adelaide. Certainly they can do better though and there are plans to expand including at least one additional line currently under construction.

Also in this population size range in Canada is Ottawa. It currently has a single short line and its ridership is quite low in comparison, but that's about to change drastically around the end of this year as a second longer line is opened that will be completely grade-separated.

Regardless, what's evident is that in terms of mass transit infrastructure, the US is behind Canada and Australia, neither of which are really world leaders on this.

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Old 04-12-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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The problem is that the core urban nodes of US cities got heavily wrecked and depopulated in the course of the 20th century and are just now recovering and there is pretty crap infrastructure for travel within a city such that even if you did have high speed rail linking these nodes, you're going to be hard up getting around once you reach that city center. High speed rail isn't "redundant"--it's just not there and the US cities that could have used it have a lot of fixes they need to make in terms of local infrastructure.
The problem is that Americans just aren't interested so there's not really any point to discuss this matter. The bottom line is Americans love their cars. End of story.
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:09 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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The problem is that Americans just aren't interested so there's not really any point to discuss this matter. The bottom line is Americans love their cars. End of story.
Sort of. They love them partially because the government highly subsidizes automobile travel in myriad ways their usage and as part of urban planning policies of the mid 20th century.

Unfortunately, there were some serious issues with that and they can be redressed. You probably don't know this, but a lot of US cities that basically saw their urban cores continually tank through the second half of the 20th century are now their regional foci for development and where a large number of jobs are being created or relocated. This has been going on in the couple decades prior to the recession, stalled a bit, and has been in pretty full force since the nadir of the recession. At this point, it probably is making more and more sense to people in the US that mass transit investments are a good idea though the inertia is hard to overcome. However, it has been happening in many cities.

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Old 05-11-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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London's public transport infrastructure projects

Introduction video



Northern Line extension



Bakerloo Line extension



Overground Line extension



Bank station capacity upgrade



Victoria station capacity upgrade



Camden Town station capacity upgrade



Holborn station capacity upgrade



Four Lines Modernisation Programme



New Tube for London



Crossrail 1 (Elizabeth Line)



Crossrail 2



London Bridge Station redevelopment



King's Cross Station redevelopment



Waterloo Station redevelopment



Euston Station redevelopment



Thameslink Programme



High-Speed line between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, etc


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Old 05-13-2018, 10:36 AM
 
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African nations are more advanced than U.S. with shiny bus stop shelters with beautiful yellow frame and green lit signs. Roads are well paved and they have futuristic architectures.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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African nations are more advanced than U.S. with shiny bus stop shelters with beautiful yellow frame and green lit signs. Roads are well paved and they have futuristic architectures.
Really? Well, show some examples. Africa is a huge place.
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Old 05-13-2018, 02:33 PM
 
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I hear the US lags behind a lot of developed countries in infrastructure For those of you who have been to other countries, how was the infrastructure there?
If you're exclusively talking about public transit (the way this thread seems so assume you are), kind of yeah. Otherwise not really.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:22 PM
 
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If you're exclusively talking about public transit (the way this thread seems so assume you are), kind of yeah. Otherwise not really.
London's (non-public transport) infrastructure projects

Thames Tideway Tunnel (Super Sewer)



London Gateway Project



CityTree benches (equivalent to 275 trees in terms of air-purifying results) (link)



London aims to deliver super-fast broadband through tube tunnels (link)



Heathrow Airport runway exapnsion

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