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Old June 9th, 2005, 02:40 AM   #1
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NA best transit systems

What transit systems do you think are the best {ie ridership, service etc}
in NA.
Lets divide it a bit so its a fair comparison:
.................500k to 1mil, 1mil to 2.5mil, 2.5mil to 5mil, over 5mil {metro pop}.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #2
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1} Toronto
2} Montreal
3} Calgary
4} SaltLakeCity
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:00 AM   #3
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Not in any particular order:

New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico City.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:05 AM   #4
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Best Subway in the US is by far the system in DC. NYC and SF also have great networks. Beyond that, mass transit is very underdeveloped in the US. On that same note, I would say the Metra Commuter Rail in Chicago is the best "S Bahn" type system.

Sorry for my US-centric point of view, but I can only talk about what I know.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:56 AM   #5
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1. Toronto
2. BART
3. Calgary
4. NYC
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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:02 AM   #6
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Best Subway in the US is by far the system in DC. NYC and SF also have great networks. Beyond that, mass transit is very underdeveloped in the US. On that same note, I would say the Metra Commuter Rail in Chicago is the best "S Bahn" type system.

Sorry for my US-centric point of view, but I can only talk about what I know.
How is Metra even remotely like an S-Bahn system?
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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:28 AM   #7
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I really like New York's Line 6 (Lexington Express). The maps inside the trains have bulbs that flash the next station. The train sets are also newer and clean.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:53 AM   #8
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^The 6 is Lexington Local, Express is 4 and 5... All three have the R142, as does the 2 line.
The R143 also has those maps, and it's used on the L.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:29 AM   #9
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1) NYC
2) Toronto
3) San Francisco
4) Montreal
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Old June 9th, 2005, 07:24 AM   #10
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What about our mid-sized cities?
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Old June 9th, 2005, 10:14 AM   #11
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Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Montréal, LA (their subway is really really clean), Ottawa
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Old June 9th, 2005, 11:40 AM   #12
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1) NYC [It's champion, and everyone knows it :P]

2) Chicago [It's a great system...too bad it's in defacit]

3) Toronto [seems to be a great, efficient system]

4) Calgary [The Ctrain is just great]

5) BART [I Just thought it was fitting]
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Old June 9th, 2005, 02:56 PM   #13
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1) NYC
2) Chicago
3) Toronto
4) San Francisco
5) Montreal
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:34 PM   #14
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Why is San francisco on anyone's list? BART is practically a regional train line. it has only 8 stops or so in san fran, and like 40 overall. DC Metro has 40 within city limits, and 86 overall.

there's no question that dc should take its place. it has the second highest subway ridership in the US at 650,000 per weekday (SF is a bit over 300,000). and its expanding, with three stops added this past year and a spur to Dulles being planned. the metrobus also has a high ridership at 500,000 per weekday, and there are also commuter and amtrak trains connecting to the system (though the commuter trains are just during work hours).

anyhow, my 2 cents. I can't rank the systems overall though, cause I don't know the canadian ones.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:49 PM   #15
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as for midsized cities, portland, OR has a great system.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #16
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Top 5 US-Canadian transit systems in terms of ridership (unlinked trips)

1. MTA New York City – 2553.3 million
2. Toronto Transit Commission – 723.3
3. Societe de transport de Montreal – 655.9 (2003)
4. Chicago Transportation Authority – 445.4
5. Los Angeles County MTA – 437.0
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:23 PM   #17
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oh how I wish we were back in the days when America had great networks of mass transit.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:34 PM   #18
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Quote:
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How is Metra even remotely like an S-Bahn system?
It brings people from the suburbs into the city core.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:43 PM   #19
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I wouldn't put NYC MTA near the top. Too many problems, its really irritating. Its one thing to have a great network, and another to have poor service/frequencies. Atleast with the smaller networks, service is a lot better and for where a subway doesn't go, you can make adequate alternative arrangements vs. having your trip travel time double.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:49 PM   #20
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Quote:
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1) NYC [It's champion, and everyone knows it :P]
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Right. "everyone knows it" YOu can save it for the tourist magazines. Obviously someone is obilvious to the impending subway crisis - especially when it has been highly publicized already. Here are just the recent operational irritants.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5991

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