Why Your Public Transportation Sucks | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

Why Your Public Transportation Sucks | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix


Hmm. It’s show day. Hmm. I gotta get to work. Never? Wait! Watch the elbows! I’m not gonna make it. “Attention, passengers, we are experiencing delays due
to signal malfunctions.” “Attention, passengers, we are currently delayed due
to train traffic ahead of us.” “We are currently delayed.” “We are currently delayed.
Delayed. Delayed.” “The bus came the minute you left.” Stop! “You’re wife won’t remember you.” That’s not true. “This is happening
because you masturbated in high school.” No. “That’s right. Run, you little bitch.” I’m almost there! Almost there. Just play the intro. Oh, my God! Thank you so much. I made it. Thank you. How’d you get here so fast? Thank you so much. I’m Hasan Minhaj.
Welcome to Patriot Act. Thank you. Now, look, tonight, I want to talk
about public transportation. Look, it’s not just destroying my life. Everyone hates public transportation. Our transit has never been worse. Enough’s enough.
How much can we take? You think this is acceptable
to treat human beings this way? “This woman’s look of exasperation
spoke volumes.” Since BART opened at six, it’s not been
working, and it’s about to be nine. New Jersey Transit is the absolute worst! I’m not gonna get to my game now
because they are… incompetent! Incompetent! “Incompetent!” That guy got so mad,
he went through puberty again. People tweet meaner things
about their public transit than Medicare, the IRS and United Airlines. Do you know how bad you have to be to get more shit than United? You guys remember that time they used
an Asian doctor to wipe down the aisle? And we were all like,
“Have you been on the L train, though? At least this dude is moving.” And that’s not wrong. American public transportation
is a disaster. If you commute to work by train,
you may notice this: cracks in America’s
crumbling infrastructure. Insufficient funding has left
America’s passenger rail network lagging. More than a half dozen MTA buses
have caught fire. This bus driver would only talk
if we concealed their identity. Public transit is sending people
into Witness Protection. Look, I get the whole anonymous thing, but why do they make him sound like
a demon? Like, you want to empathize, but I also feel like he’s about
to sacrifice a virgin. Now, this isn’t some abstract problem. Good public transit can be life-changing.
This is true. A Harvard study linked shorter commutes
with getting out of poverty. Commute time mattered more than anything. More than schools or crime
in your neighborhood. So if you’re a kid
and you’re watching this, skip school, steal shit, smoke weed,
but whatever you do… live near the express bus. It makes sense that public transportation
is so important. Think about it. Like, really, it’s our lifeline to jobs, education, healthcare, food. And despite that, the American Society of Civil Engineers
recently gave our transportation… a D-, the lowest grade of any U.S. infrastructure. Here’s my thing. D-? Just give it the F. Like, whose dignity are you saving
at this point? A D- means that you failed,
but the teacher is afraid of your parents. Last year, because of terrible service
and lack of funding, ridership fell in nearly every major city
where people depend on transit, which can lead to a transit death spiral. When fewer people use public transit,
it makes less money, which means it either has to cut service
or raise fares or both. So even fewer people use it,
which means it makes it even less money, which means even worse service
and higher fares. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s like what happened to MoviePass. Remember MoviePass? You remember? Like….
They were like, “Ten bucks a month, any movie you want.” Then fewer people used it
and they were like, “All right, hold up, all right, $15 a month.” Then even fewer people used it.
They were like, “It’s two grand a week, and you can only see movies where
Timothée Chalamet smokes cigarettes.” We already see
this death spiral happening. People all over the country
are choosing cars over transit. A new study finds
Americans are spending more time behind the wheel than ever before. U.S. motorists spend 70 billion hours
behind the wheel a year. That’s up 8% from 2014. 3.2 trillion miles traveled on America’s roadways, which was an increase of 12 billion miles
over the previous years. 3.2 trillion miles. Now, obviously… most of that was Beto taking road trips
to find himself. He’s like, “I don’t need
a campaign manager, man. I got my arms… and the open road.” Now, all this driving might seem natural but unlike the de Blasio campaign,
this wasn’t an accident. There are a lot of reasons why American public transportation
is terrible. Zoning laws, mismanagement,
but in particular, your train sucks
because there are hidden forces around the country
that want you in your car. And that’s what I want
to focus on tonight. American public transportation
is under attack, from the top down at the federal level
and from the bottom up at the local level. America is killing public transit
the same way a second grade class kills their take-home hamster. Nobody is blameless, but some people did more damage
than others. Just so you know, Brett Russo definitely
killed our second grade hamster. Now, Trump has proposed
increasing spending on highways by more than $1.5 billion, while also trying to slash transit funding
like the Capital Investment Grant Program, which is the main way public transit
gets funded at the federal level. And he’s proposed to kill it twice,
which makes sense. Trump doesn’t even know what buses are. I mean, the last time he was on one,
he thought it was a locker room. Now, the federal government supports public transit through
the Department of Transportation. Yeah, just catch up. The DOT’s job
is pretty straightforward, all right? Congress approves funding and then
the DOT, they hand out the money, right? But under Trump,
the DOT is holding up billions. It now takes twice as long
for projects to get funding, and it’s much more expensive. It’s longer, harder, and more expensive
than it needs to be. It’s basically a destination wedding. I don’t know if you guys have friends
that are doing destination weddings but if I have to get vaccine and a machete
to get to your wedding… I’m not coming. They’re like, “Hasan, do you love me?” You’re not worth Zika. Okay, I’m sorry. Now, if you want an example
of the government messing with transit, look at the Gateway Program,
which is right down the street. Gateway would repair the main tunnel
that connects Jersey to New York. Every day, more than 800,000 people
use this tunnel to get to work. And to borrow a phrase from our president, It’s kind of a “shithole.” “The estimated $20 billion project
includes new rail tunnels under the Hudson River.” “The failure of the existing
110-year-old tunnels is imminent.” The existing tunnel
is a single point of failure for 10% of America’s
gross domestic product. A collapse of the tunnel
could injure thousands and cost our economy
an estimated $100 million a day. $100 million a day
and thousands of injuries. New York hasn’t seen
that kind of destruction since Spider-Man the musical. Look, if this tunnel collapsed, it would shut down northeast transit
from Boston to D.C., a region that experts say accounts
for not just 10%, but 20% of America’s GDP. But Trump refuses to pay for Gateway. This is pathetic. If you’ve traveled, you know this.
Other countries don’t do this. Just one of Paris’ rail systems
moves more people per year than all of America’s
commuter railways combined. Japan has a train that levitates,
it literally floats. And Denmark, they love buses so much,
they made this ad. Okay, we all want to fuck that bus, right? Don’t make me feel weird about this. That’s what they were going for. Now, look, there are lots of cities
and states in the United States that want to get busy with transit, but… they are facing massive opposition,
especially at the local level. And no one is leading the opposition
more than Charles and David Koch, aka, the Koch Brothers. Now, I know these wrinkled ATMs
are the bad guy of every story. Voter suppression, gerrymandering,
climate denial. I’m sick of them. I don’t even want to show their picture because A, they’re terrible people, and B, showing their photos
actually makes them money. Koch Industries has a major stake
in Getty Images. Just showing that picture of them
cost us $250. But this is a story about them, so I have to show them,
and it’s not just that picture. Every picture we use of the Koch Brothers,
they make money. All of this. This just cost us $1,000. And it’s not just the Kochs. I can’t show you anything
without them getting paid. I can’t show you Yo-Yo Ma. Or this baby eating a lemon
for the first time. They own this baby. This adorable baby, eating a fucking–
They own it. I can’t show you things that are weird,
like this old man having fun at the dentist. They own his weird smile. Showing all of that was $1,500. But if we’re gonna talk
about public transportation, we’re going to have to
talk about the Kochs. Now luckily, there are actually
two Koch Brothers out there who are way more fun to watch. -Camera’s on me, bitch.
-It’s on me, too. We’re the Koch Brothers.
This is Derek. I’m Daniel. “Tonight on Playing With Fire.” We started off in modeling. I shaved my nipple hair last night. Whoo! We own multiple restaurants. Good job tonight, man. Seriously. Even though we’ve got three restaurants
to run in New York City, our signature Day & Night party
does pop ups everywhere. The easiest way to seduce a woman is
to take her to dinner. You know? -That’s cliché, bro.
-No, it’s not. Shut the *bleep* up. -What is that hat, Daniel?
-This is money in the bank. My ears are warm. My balls are tingly. All right,
these Florida State Winklevoss twins are Derek and Daniel Koch. They’re the other Koch Brothers,
and they’re former reality stars. Now these Koch Brothers are amazing. These Koch Brothers suck. So for the rest of this episode, even though I’m talking about
Charles and David, I’m going to show you Daniel and Derek. So the Koch Brothers are conservative billionaires
who have a huge stake in pretty much anything
that has to do with cars. Oil, gas, asphalt, tires, seat belts. They own seat belts. And they have spent millions funding a right-wing political group
called Americans for Prosperity or AFP. And although they deny it,
the Kochs have been quietly working to kill public transit
around the country through AFP. What we are living out here
is a national agenda by the Koch Brothers and others. They believe in fossil fuels,
they mine an awful lot of it. So, all across the country they are trying
to stop public transit because frankly,
it’s a far more sustainable alternative. Americans for Prosperity
most recently meddled in a mass transit issue in Nashville. No, I told you,
I don’t want to see them anymore. Play the fun Koch Brothers. The Americans for Prosperity
most recently meddled in a mass transit issue in Nashville. See how much better that is? That news is upsetting,
but now it’s also hilarious. Nashville shows how much influence
the Kochs really have. The city has a huge traffic problem. So in 2017, the mayor proposed building
new rail and bus lines. It went up for a vote. And early polling showed that nearly 60%
of Nashvillians supported it, but then the Kochs got in the game
and remember… killing transit is good for the Kochs
and it’s great for their bottom line. The same way that launching Billie Eilish
in the space would be great for Lorde. It’s getting rid of the alternative. Also, it’s sending her back
to where she came from. She wants to go home, you guys. Let her go home. In Nashville, AFP activists organized a door-to-door
canvassing campaign against the new rail and bus lines. They told voters it was too expensive
and would raise taxes, and it worked, flipping public opinion from almost 60%
for the transit plan to more than 60% against it. And guess what the Koch Brothers did. Throw a *bleep* party. Whoo! That was 10 a.m. This is their playbook. AFP targets local voters, and then they flip them
with misleading campaigns, and it all looks like
grassroots opposition, but it’s actually
mayonnaise billionaire bullshit. They have done this, in at least
ten other states around the country. Just look at Milwaukee, okay? Wisconsin has been the Kochs’ private lab
in libertarian fuckery for years. They have a history of opposing
public transit. And for most of the last decade, they’ve also had a loyal soldier
in the governor’s office, Scott Walker, who looks like
if Paul Rudd got less time in the womb. I mean… It’s… so accurate. The Kochs spent millions
getting Walker elected, and Walker was more than happy
to attack their favorite targets– public unions, Medicaid, food stamps. And he also did this: A move by Wisconsin governor
Scott Walker that was likely intended to ingratiate himself in the eyes
of a Jewish constituent has decidedly backfired. “In a letter about a Hanukkah menorah, instead of signing off
with a ‘Mazel Tov,’ Governor Walker wrote,
‘Thank you again and Molotov.’” He signed his letter,
“Thank you again and bomb threat. Also have a happy Hanukkah Matata.” Now, Walker spent nearly 20 years trying to kill public transit. He put the Milwaukee bus system
in a death spiral and killed high-speed rail projects, but when it came to spending on highways,
he didn’t bat an eye. As governor, he spent almost two billion
on a single highway junction called the Zoo Interchange,
which sounds like a program that sends pandas to Amsterdam
for a semester and Dutch kids to the Bronx Zoo. But the Zoo Interchange was the most expensive highway project
in Wisconsin’s history and ended up costing the same
as 15 years of public transit funding. Now, why did he do this? We didn’t need
these gigantic high-speed rail lines like they’re seeing becoming
a boondoggle in California. Okay, even though boondoggle
sounds like an STD from 1840, it’s a common term people use
to describe a waste of money, especially when it comes
to public transit. A new measure to finish
Honolulu’s troubled rail transit project. Critics are calling it
nothing more than a boondoggle. The train is a boondoggle. Rail boondoggles. Gateway-earmarked boondoggle. The boondoggle of boondoggles. Boondoggle. Boondoggle. Boondoggle. Boondoggle! Boondoggle! Okay, what is going on with this guy? He looks like he’s either about to expose
a major government conspiracy or himself. Or maybe both. He’s just like, “The CIA
killed Avril Lavigne in 2003. Boondoggle!” Now here’s the thing. The argument that roads
are a better investment than public transit is nonsense. Every billion dollars spent
on public transit generates over 21,000 jobs. That’s more than highways, water, energy, or defense. In fact, for every dollar we invest
in public transit, we get $4 back in economic output. And there are other costs
to ignoring public transit. One of the underlying issues
is always going to be the issue of race. If you’re black or Latino
you’re six times more likely to not have a car
and to be dependent on public transit. No one cares, you know. Every day, we wait on buses
hours and hours and nothing happens. Okay, that’s not true. If you’re black and you wait two hours
for the bus, nothing happens. But if you’re white and wait two hours
for the bus, you win an Oscar. When we don’t fund public transit,
we are basically saying, we care about some people
more than others. And that’s exactly what Walker was doing
in Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the most segregated
metro area in the country with one study calling it, “The second worst place to be black in the United States.” Now, obviously… the first place is Joe Biden’s house. Look, he doesn’t do anything bad. He just keeps saying,
“My good friend Barack.” And you’re like… “Why’d you got to say it like that, Joe?” Now, the Zoo Interchange helps wealthier,
mostly white voters with cars, but it does little for poor,
mostly black communities who don’t have cars
but need access to jobs, which is why civil rights groups
were furious. The ACLU has filed suit in
federal court over the Zoo Interchange
Expansion Project. They’re asking that
a federal judge halt construction until the state
comes up with a new plan that also includes
public transportation. The ACLU is representing the faith-based community group MICAH and the Black Health Coalition
of Wisconsin. By the way, a faith-based community group
named MICAH in Wisconsin is just definitely one dude named Micah. Wisconsin ended up settling the lawsuit. Walker was forced to spend $13.5 million
on three new bus lines and promote bus ridership, which goes against everything
he stands for. The Walker family crest is just
broken trains and a giant comb that he thinks is a menorah. Now, I know that it seems like
there’s nothing anyone can do about this, but that’s actually not the case
because right now… there’s a fight over public transit
in Phoenix, Arizona, where our boys are back at it again. The group behind Four Lanes No Train
has opposed the current plans for light-rail expansion
into south Phoenix for months now. We’re here to kill the light rail. No four lane or two lane anymore,
it’s just no light rail. Some elected leaders accused the group
behind Four Lanes No Train of taking money from the Koch Brothers. Okay, that sucks. But you know what’s cool? Now I know how my hair would look
if I was white. Look, when I– When I first saw this guy, real talk, I was like, “Dude,
this guy’s using too much product.” But then I realized… that’s just enough product. Back in 2000, Phoenix voted
to build a new light rail system. The first section has already been built,
and it was a huge success. Way more people use it
than anyone expected. And it has spurred $11 billion
in local development, but now, there’s a plan
to extend the system, and it’s being opposed by conservative
groups that have ties to the Kochs, and they’re running ads like this. “Phoenix voters have been deceived. The price tag for Phoenix light rail
expansion has tripled in three years, costing taxpayers
almost a billion dollars. That’s $140,000 per passenger. It would be cheaper to buy every rider
a brand-new Tesla. Prop 105 slams the brakes
on wasteful light rail expansion and puts your tax dollars into
transportation projects that make sense. Vote ‘Yes’ on 105.” Okay, I’m going to be honest. When I first saw this, I was like,
“I want a Tesla. Screw the train.” But this is a Koch-supported ad. So it’s obviously misleading. Now, screengrab this and do
long division later, but here’s the TLDR,
the ad overstates costs, ignores the value light rail has created and most importantly, completely hides
what Prop 105 would really do. On August 27th, Phoenix is going to vote on Prop 105
and if it passes, it wouldn’t just kill
the light rail extension, it would make it impossible
for Phoenix to build any light rail in the future. They’re trying to make it illegal
to build trains. That is some movie villain shit. It’s like that children’s book,The Little Engine That Could,
But Won’t If It Knows What’s Good for It.Now remember, the Kochs are doing this
around the country. Sorry. You gotta look at the real ones
this time. We can’t keep letting them win. We need someone to make a meaningful case
for public transportation. So take on the Koch Brothers… I called… the Koch Brothers. Hey, we’re the world’s famous Koch Brothers. I’m Derek. I’m the older one. And I’m Daniel, still the hotter one. Don’t do that again. -Don’t touch my leg, dude.
-I won’t. If you want
to live the Koch Brothers life, you gotta do a few things simple. -Number one.
-Support public transit. It’s the heart of a healthy economy. People are still trying
to fuck with the bus. Like these Life Alert-looking freaks,
the Koch Brothers. They’re fucking with our public transit. And number two. Manscape, guys.
No one should be going full bush. There are guys out there
whose shit looks like retired Letterman. -Like, cut your shit off
-Shave your nuts. and fucking shave your nuts. Support public transportation. -Shave that nose hair, too.
-Can I speak? The Kochs’ money is sabotaging transit
all over the country. And the government is M.I. fucking A. The DOT is holding up billions of dollars
in funding. There are few things in this world
that fucking piss me off, people. Inept government bureaucracy… and bars that don’t have ladies night. Killing transit hurts some
of the most vulnerable communities -across the U.S.
-We’re talking black people, Indian people, Mexicans, -Orientals.
-Bro, you can’t say that word. -It’s racist.
-What word? What I say? Mexicans. Just call it what it is, pussy. -What’s that?
-De facto segregation. -Say it. Say it.
-Don’t call me a pussy, bitch. De facto segregation. -Your mom. Your mom.
-Your mother. -Fuck you, we have the same mom.
-Pussy. Remember, living the Koch lifestyle
isn’t hard. -Just support public transit.
-And be a patriot and shave your nuts. Fuck ass. All right, America.
you know what you gotta do. Get to trimming.

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100 thoughts on “Why Your Public Transportation Sucks | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

  1. What is the budget for this show? $1500 on images, and they got reality stars to cameo? Damn, that must've been expensive.

  2. If you think American Transport sucks bro have no ideas what people are travelling through in India and Pakistan..
    we literally have Frames with an Engine and Few wheels .. thats it
    !

  3. I don't really care about public transportation, good riddance. lol

    (edit) watched the whole video, a bit more favorable to public transport. lol

  4. A transportation revolution is coming. On Demand – Doorstep to Destination service beats Fixed Schedule – Fixed Destination for time savings and convienience. Solar power, electric cars/buses, 5-6g and autonomy are rapidly advancing – it's not a matter of if, but when. We must be progressive, not regressive – it's time to move on from the old capital intensive systems and embrace a distributed model in most places. Valley Metro reporting shows the Phoenix light rail lost ridership last year (5.3%).

  5. Was fun to suddenly see a Danish bus commercial in the middle of the show! I had forgotten about it, but it made a splash here as well when it aired.

  6. Transportation is like ramen when people have more money during an economic expansion so people just don't buy more ramen when they have more money they buy better food. When the poor have more money they buy cars and ubers and other personal transportation devices which require less time. Los Angeles has invested billions of dollars into their transportation network only to see ridership decline for 5 straight years. So to claim that public transportation sucks because of a lack of funds just isn't correct. it sucks because there are quicker transportation options and people have the money to pay for those options.

    https://la.curbed.com/2019/2/1/18204376/los-angeles-transit-ridership-down-trains-buses

    In economics, an inferior good is a good whose demand decreases when consumer income rises (or demand increases when consumer income decreases),[1][2] unlike normal goods, for which the opposite is observed.[3] Normal goods are those goods for which the demand rises as consumer income rises. [2][4] This would be the opposite of a superior good, one that is often associated with wealth and the wealthy, whereas an inferior good is associated with lower socio-economic groups.

    Inter-city bus service is also an example of an inferior good. This form of transportation is cheaper than air or rail travel, but is more time-consuming. When money is constricted, traveling by bus becomes more acceptable, but when money is more abundant than time, more rapid transport is preferred. In some countries with less developed or poorly maintained railways this is reversed: trains are slower and cheaper than buses, so rail travel is an inferior good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferior_good

    Transit ridership fell in 31 of 35 major metropolitan areas in the United States last year, including the seven cities that serve the majority of riders, with losses largely stemming from buses but punctuated by reliability issues on systems such as Metro, according to an annual overview of public transit usage.

    “I think it puts transportation planners in a bit of an unusual position . . . if in fact the reason for that departure is low-income people are doing better, getting the ability to move around like everyone else, it’s hard to say that what we should do is get them to remove themselves from their cars and back on trains and buses,” Manville said. “Transit systems should deliver quality service to low-income people. But low-income people do not owe us a transit system.”

    “Now that you have a car or a bike or a scooter on an app in your hand, and it’s right there — in a lot of major cities, why not use that?” Jeffers said. “Now you don’t have the indignity of being stuck on the side of the road for a bus that never comes.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/falling-transit-ridership-poses-an-emergency-for-cities-experts-fear/2018/03/20/ffb67c28-2865-11e8-874b-d517e912f125_story.html?noredirect=on

  7. I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. @Patriot Act @Netflix Good job uploading this to YT call cuz I wouldn't have watched it otherwise #netflix #patriotact #dohashtagsworkonyt

  8. So many people make videos like this poorly. Thanks to Hasan & his team for doing the research and presenting it so well. And for the timely collateral nuking of David Koch, of course.

  9. One way or another we will find answers and solutions. Every empire or economic/political system collapsed when it was no longer serving the people.
    Greedy capitalists will need to change their behaviors otherwise people will rebel or paralyze the system all together.

  10. I am 33 years old and it trips me out how now everything we have lived by everything we have used and thought was one thing we r now adults and it's all being exposed as a whole other thing. Any show on anything is exposing this and That. What are we going to do about it. Its interesting to find out these things but what can we do to change it. We watch it all and are entertained but can we really do Anything to change it.

  11. Come to Kanniyakumari India (southernmost Tip)

    You will find world class buses where u can experience rain inside while traveling on bus

    We have cool features bro

  12. Was this actually … funny? Whoa, for the first time, I laughed at Hasan's jokes. All it took was public transit to make him funny. Interesting.

  13. You dont understand movie pass at all… Too many people used it, and the deals they had with theaters cost too much money and movie pass couldn't reimburse them… Which is why they added restrictions, and raised the price. Come on man…pretty big difference

  14. I find it ironic that David Koch died four days after this video. Hassan please do another segment about the Koch brothers maybe you'll kill Charles too.

  15. @22:00 Hasan mentions Prop-105 in Phoenix which sought to stop any future construction of light rail in the city. I am glad to say the voters resoundingly voted it down and more light rail will be built. The only sad note to that is David Koch did not live to see it happen.

  16. I lived in LA for two years without a car, the public transit is awful! Always late, smelly, dirty. I would spend about 3-4 hours everyday for commute, around school, work, and home. Finally, I got a car, now I spend only about 1hour for commute. It was the best thing that happened to me this year!

  17. CONNECTION? "Taken For a Ride" ? anyone watched this Expose' documentary? may be where Cock Brothers got their start. Im just sayin. (You might want to play "Taken for a ride" At 1.5 speed or at least 1.25 speed …its pretty slow going)

  18. You’re
    really going to the heart of matters, especially this about public
    transportation. The one you did about the cruise industry was devastating to
    those greedy mother fuckers. Now this about the daily malady of public
    transportation what can we do to start a fucking revolution and take these
    assholes down?

  19. I'm living in Japan, it's amazing the difference between the cities with the world standard of public transit and other areas of the country where people live without it. If you don't believe me, if you've traveled to Japan for any extended period, how many of you visited beautiful Shikoku or the Sea of Japan?

  20. I want the people of America, who're against the light rail connectivity system or any such public transport system, to travel to Mumbai and Bangalore.

  21. Love the show. Be careful with the misleading graphics like switching the Koch brothers, with the way social media is, someone will take things out of context and mistake them for the jerks. Glad the young Koch brothers were in on it and did the the PSA at the end.

  22. It's not just the poor that suffer from a lack of public transportation. Many disabled and elderly people cannot drive or have difficulty driving, including those who have epilepsy, vision impairment, and some physical limitations. After a severe neck injury, I found it impossible to check my blind spot and quite painful to drive. I moved to NYC, since it has some of the best transit in the US. As much as we complain about delays and crowding, it's still a lifesaver for me. My quality of life is worlds away from what it was before moving here. I don't know how my brethren in the rest of the country survive.

    My mother in law lost her night vision years ago and recently decided that she has to stop driving during the day. Thanks to public transportation, she can still get groceries, see her friends, visit us, take computer classes, get to Zumba, and head into Manhattan for a Broadway show. The elderly don't have to live as shutins or risk accidents on the road, but that's the choice these towns are forcing them into.

  23. Ya im sure it has nothing to do with unionized labour and incompetent city/state management it some hidden secret agenda of people wanting you to drive. Owning a car is not cheap, operating a car is not cheap, gas is not cheap, driving is incredibly efficient and convenient comparable to public transportation. Ignoring basic things like the fact that US population is fairly sparse and that jobs arent necessarily localized this is all bunk.

  24. I hated the building of the light rail in Phx…so I left and went to live in a small town…..no public transportation no high taxes no noisy neighbors…

  25. Public transportation is a great achievement of society.
    But it is becomming a joke, because of corruption, lobbyism and how it is handled in media or storytelling. It has become smth that is considered a bad thing, or smth for poor people…
    They have conditioned the whole US-population (and others) to at least own 1 car per person and that everyone has to use it always and everywhere.
    Having a car is considered as freedom (because allegedly you can decide to where to go and when to go, smth you can´t decide with public transportation) , not depending on a car is considered at least as unusual, for poor people only or just as weird.

    I have one simple question for the car addictives: Who produces and controls the stuff that your car runs on? (Or put it in an other way: How free are you, how controllable do you become, if anything happends to the flow of gasoline?)
    No idea, never thought of it? It happend in the 70, and nearly all wars after that period and all political influence is used to secure the flow… Where there any weapons of mass destruction found in the Irak? What purpose had the invasion? Why was the water security act softend? Why the conflict with the Iran?
    OIL and its security of supply

  26. Trust me when I say this. When you live in a place like West Virginia, as I do, you have to drive. It's not like we don't have public transport because we do, but most towns are so small you can't really justify it. Which sucks because West Virginia could really benefit from it.

  27. No money for free coleges, no money for public transport, no money for NASA, but there's always a trillion put a side for a war. Intresting.

  28. Danish public transport isn't as good as that commercial. Almost on a daily basis our trains are late – Some times I've even had delays on trains I would ride, delays so long that I would arrive at the end destination hours later. Just getting from A to B at a distance of about 75 kilometers, I had delays of 6 hours. Something that would take a car about 45 minutes, normally takes the train about 1,5hours, but with constant delays usually takes 1 hour and 40 minutes, and during winter, delays often get train rides delays every single time, upto hours.

    Even for me – from where I live, I have about 8 kilometers to my work – but it takes me an hour and 15 minutes just to get to work with busses. With a car it takes 15 minutes. Not only that but I also have to account for busses not showing up or being delayed, so I take a bus about 1 hour and 30 minutes before I have to arrive at work. The public transport in Denmark makes it feel like it tries to force us into buying a car (cars have a 150% tax rate on them when b ought new) or use a bicycle!

    Not only that but over the past decade we've wasted billions of Danish Kroner on new trains, that wasn't even faster and had trouble even driving on the train tracks. So most of them just sits around not being used – and not being able to be used at all. Instead of wasting money on this, we should've used all that money and more on completely remaking the train infrastructure and have magnetic levitating trains. Japan has shown that public transport doesn't have to be late.

  29. It is kinda fascinating how every consecutive episode cements the probability that the US is just a social experiment gone way wrong.

  30. I would love great public transportation but damn look at Cali. I was excited and they blew it. Everyone and I mean everyone in this damn country is so damn greedy. When does it stop. We could literally be the best nation but people sell out because of paper. It’s beyond sad

  31. Why are you comparing public transportation USA to France, Japan, Denmark. It is much easier to get trains working if your entire country is the size of one state of the USA.

  32. People having a Netflix account, I request you watch it on Netflix after you watch it here or at least play in the background. /
    Let's give this guy more power.
    #MorePowerToYou.

  33. I may be completely wrong about this since I'm an American, but when I visited London one time, I was super surprised with how super efficient the public transportation was. I mean, it was relatively on-time and the layout was easy to understand. I managed to spend an entire day in London using nothing but the Tube and bus system in London.

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