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Freddy96NO wrote:


gkc4 wrote: My view of true profile is what it is nothing more...
and what you think about that doesn't mean anything to me.
so you would say anything doesn't really mean anything to you.. great.. nearly religion based this.."true" is what I think is "true" final? the best? the ultimate? forget it..



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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Well lets say I want to go to the mall.

That is 24 miles away from my house, and is separated by all sorts of various types of property including farm land. I can make it by car in under half an hour for probably a couple dollars worth of gas.

Figure out a way to make public transport faster and cheaper than that for a rural guy like me, and then we'll talk. The US has more area like this than anything else by far.

Plus a sizable percentage of people who live in cities actually DO rely on public transport to get around. People are just doing the best they can for where they live.
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What I have stated about my life and family is true and if that sticks in your thought so be it . That doesn't change the fact that I live in a free Country that has given me the chance to live free and prosper.
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46 / F / Reston, VA, USA
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I've lived in cities where there is public transportation and I have lived in rural areas where I had to drive 50 miles to the Wal-Mart to get groceries. The geography of the USA definitely is one of the reasons public transportation won't work for everyone.

Another reason is the average American is more independent. They dislike being at someone else's mercy when the train, bus, streetcar or whatever is under someone else's control who may be drunk, drugged, asleep, texting, etc. They don't want to have to follow someone else's timetable. They want to be able to take any of their stuff with them and not be subjected to having their bags checked before they take the metro.
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Because of America's love affair with the car. We also have pretty decent roads and highways compared to some countries and more people own cars per capita here than probably anywhere else. We haven't had a major need to invest in public transportation.
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20 / M / North Central NJ
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American public transport is terrible because most of the budget goes towards accommodating personal vehicles.
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That is because that is the reality of our country.
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It's the romance of the auto-mobile. But,most of it is the automotive companies doing, and they purposely sabotaged public transit development for a long time on the taxpayer's money. Literally training employees to offer bad service, and buying up railways for trolleys, trams and trains just to let them fall into disrepair and bad public opinion just to drive up car sales.

And, there are these too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AFn7MiJz_s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skm6hp99-5A


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21 / M / Missouri
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Geography.
The USA is far more spread out than any European or developed Asian country. Public transit works well intracity and would work well on the coasts, but the middle of the Midwest and West are sparsely populated. It hasn't really been economically feasible to transport people. We do have the best freight system in the world, so it's not like we CAN'T, but rather... where the fuck will the money come from?

I can't wait to see whether or not Hyperloop will be a success. If it is, you will see the auto companies be absolute dicks.
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You have to be dead inside to drive a bus.
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Because dis is 'murica an' we love our CARS!!!!!
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13 / F / California
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It's not that bad, but the US is massive. I live in a state that has 20,000 more square miles and 62 million less people than the UK. Not England, the whole fucking UK.

Now take Czech Republic, it's only 30,000 square miles, has a population of 10 million, in which 20% of them live in Prague. You'd think they would have good service jammed in that tight. I mean, let's see, Prague itself is a little under 200 square miles, So it isn't that hard to service all of them.
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Other people have already mentioned the answer so...

The US is too darn big to have good public transit.

I was in Europe for almost two months last year (Paris for a month), and the cities over there (especially Paris) are SUPER DENSE in comparison.

When you're in Paris, you can walk from one landmark to another in no time- The city is very compact... This is totally not so in the US.
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22 / M / Hongdae
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The us has public transport? lmao when?
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There is a much higher demand for public transit in Europe than most of the US for a variety of reasons.

One is the cost of gas, which is much more heavily taxed in Europe. Last time I was in Sicily, they were paying more per liter of gas than the US was paying per gallon.

That said, some cities are better than others. DC, for example, has a very good public transit system.
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