Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: How to Make Public Transit More Effective by @futurecapetown

In some form or another, public transportation exists almost everywhere in the world and all through the world they are presented in the same manner: buses, trains, subways, or some similar variant. So why is it some systems are used extensively — Tokyo averages 8 million passengers every day – while others struggle to make maintenance a worthwhile investment. The broad goals of public transit seem simple at first, enable large numbers of skilled workers to travel to their workplace from afar, create a timely schedule, and ensure the system is economically sound and efficient. These goals have often been accompanied by the mantra of “build it and they will come”; unfortunately it doesn’t happen as much as city developers would like. With all of the advantages of public transport for the commuters, how is it they can be made to be more effective in attracting commuters and ...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/227801

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