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Why Public Transportation Sucks in the U.S. | Wendover Productions

U.S. Public Transportation
Written by JoAnn Chateau

A good public transportation system is a social and economic benefit, yet the American mass transit system is rather lack-luster. Check out the fascinating history of public transportation to see exactly how that came about.

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • South Florida offers me no favors when it comes to public transportation. It’s nice to talk issues for a change and not to hear about Trump.

    • I know, FL public transit! Some people don’t like to fund anything they personally don’t use, e.g., public transportation.

      They just don’t get that we are all in one big system together — and don’t think about the countless people who have funded their public schools, fought their wars, protested for their rights, etc. How can they ever pay them back?

      And, oh, if they’re Christian, Jesus died on the cross for their sins. But, nooooo, they shouldn’t pay for things that other people use.

  • There is a large homeless population that live in the New York City subways. They sleep on the platforms and inside the subway cars. Many are physically and mentally disabled. Some call them Mole people. Since I work evenings and nights often when I’m on my way to or coming home from work I see people sleeping in cardboard boxes along 34th Street next to these fancy expensive department stores and inside Penn Station. The homeless also sleep in the doorways or stores and churches.

    And it is not just Black and Hispanic people. My co-worker and I have noticed an uptick in poor whites. Young white people sleeping on the streets because they have no where to go. Homelessness knows no race or religion. Many homeless are Veterans. They served their country and this is the thanks they get! Disgraceful!

    It is a horrible problem however our government does not care. The major cause of homelessness at least in New York is the rent. Rents can be well over $1000 dollars and that is for a one bedroom apartment!! If you get sick or lose your job well there goes your housing! The NYC shelter system is overwhelmed.

    Back to the non-working subway system. The NYC subway system is close to 115 years old. The trains are periodically replaced but the tracks, signals and switches need to be replaced. It is now common for trains to derail, become stuck underground and are homes for the mentally ill homeless. I’ve seen things on the subways that….well… All I can say is I’m not shocked anymore.

    The subways including the tracks, platforms and the outside sidewalks are filled with rats. Where I live I must avoid swarms of rats at night. It is something out of a horror movie.

    Plus people suffering from mental illness use the trains as a way to commit suicide. They jump in front of incoming trains and of course are immediately killed.

    The New York City subway system is a throwback to a Dickens novel. It is one of the many levels of hell/hades.

    • I know. On top of that, SUVs are rarely used for sports or utility. People like them because they feel safe inside a bigger vehicle in case of a crash. They act like they’re in their living room, driving ineptly.

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