Shitty public transit services...your neighborhood TTC

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    Dec 29, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    i don't know if there have been previous threads about this topic, since it is old news, but the new year quickly approaches, and along with it the fare hike for riding the TTC. i'm sure that there are plenty of people who take public transit, so i'm hoping that i can get some comments on your experiences.

    okay, so the fare hike is (only??) 25 cents, but those few cents per ride add up pretty quickly when you're a financially strapped student who travels to campus frequently. i'd be willing to gracefully accept the fare hike if i felt that in the 7 years that i have been using the service there was any substantial improvement. contrarily, the service in my neighbourhood seems to have gotten worse. the buses are infrequent and never on time, and the drivers are usually assholes. and it's fucking WINTER, why is the A.C. on??? it never seems to be on during the summer. wrong season assholes.

    i have friends living in underpopulated (relatively speaking) suburban regions who have better public transit service than the shitty TTC, and they pay less for each ride.

    i realize that this is quite the rant, but i needed to get that out.

    if you have any comments (even positive ones) about public transit in your area, feel free to share. i'm just hoping i'm not alone on this. and for the record, i can't wait to have a care now. icon_twisted.gif -- sorry environment.
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    Dec 29, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    glad to know the NYC mta isn't the only shitty urban transit system around. ours is set to bankrupt new york thanks to ridiculously generous employee pension promises. either that or $10 subway rudes...icon_eek.gif
  • neon4u

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    Dec 29, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    In San Diego we have the trolley. Expensive to maintain and practically no one uses it. Here's the political dummys' idea: we'll have a trolley that passes like 3/4 of a mile from the airport but will not actually service the airport. Total waste of tax pagers money.
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    Dec 29, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    LA has it pretty bad too. We've got a rail system (Metro Rail) that isn't fully utilized because it's useless to most people, unless they live AND work near the rail stations. If they don't, then it's gonna be like 2 or 3 bus transfers from the rail station to their final destination. And the buses are never on time because there's so much traffic on surface streets.

    So for some commuters, it's like a lesser of two evils.. Either sit in your car and endure 90 minutes of traffic. Or take public transit and endure 2 hours of sitting on train/bus.

    It's kinda sad because back in the olden days, LA had a pretty good light rail system. But those all got paved over.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Electric_Railway

    http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/la/historic/redcars/
  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Well, I'm in Iowa City, Iowa, and the public buses are actually quite good. They're clean, on time, nice drivers, convenient stops. Of course, I never take the bus because I'm addicted to my car. Blame me for global warming.
  • Nodak

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    Dec 30, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    What public transportation? Where I live the population is so low you couldn't get enough people going the same direction at one time to support public transit.
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    Jan 09, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Hell, I live in L.A. Kill someone on the MTA or kill someone on the freeway...pick your poison.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 09, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    Oh NOTHING can beat the idiocrasy here down here in Miami
    We have a WHOLE Monorail system
    That goes where NOBODY wants to go icon_rolleyes.gif
    Instead we have traffic jams
    and parking problems like you cannot believe
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    Jan 10, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    Edmonton is all about urban sprawl, thus a pitiful transit system. It would be too expensive to ever have something desirable to utilize.

    Really, until the price of gasoline skyrockets, people will never give up the automobile. Personally, I would not stand outside for 15 minutes waiting in -15-35 celcius winter weather.

    However, a couple cities that I thought had pretty good systems were, Vancouver, San Francisco and Montreal.
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    Jan 10, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    The only city with good public transportation is Nyc.

    Others are Ok and do the job but the United States is a car country.