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How is public transportation in your city like? In Rio we have a deficit in public transportation but authorities have been working to get it better every day. Tell me a little bit about public transportation in your city.
Apr 15, 2019 11:46 AM
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The United States generally has poor public transportation. In the 1930s and 1940s automobile companies worked hard to make cars and highways the dominant form of travel. They succeeded. 

The Boston area, where I live, has relatively good public transportation. The system is complicated. It has a long history. An idiomatic way to saying this is that it is a "crazy quilt" or a "patchwork."

Public transportation is managed by the MBTA, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It is often called "the T" because the symbol on bus stops and train stations is a T in a big circle.

Boston built the first subway in the US in 1898. Boston's subways are fairly good. In Boston you can get everywhere you need to go by walking and taking subways. The subways are a complicated tangle of four different systems: the Red Line, Green Line, Orange Line, and Blue Line. I am calling them subways, but they run partly underground, partly at street level, and partly on elevated rails. 

The "commuter rail" system is a standard railway system with standard-gauge tracks, the same tracks used to travel between cities. It is relatively fast and comfortable. It is designed to serve people traveling to work. The schedule has many trains into Boston at the start of the work day, many trains out of Boston at the end of the work day, and not much at other times of day.

There is an extensive bus system that covers all the places not served by rail.

Compared to other cities, Boston's big airport is close to the city and well served by public transportation. 

When we take the plane on vacation, we plan to walk to a train station, take the train into Boston, then take the "Silver Line" to the airport. 

April 15, 2019
Not bad, but when it rains is inevitable there is no traffic. In my opinion the metro is still the best, faster, there is no traffic and more "calm" in the way of not having noise. With the new changes, now traveling is incredibly cheaper.
April 15, 2019
As far as I know there is a bus up the street from me that comes around every two hours. Other than that, there isn’t anything. I live in a small town in the mountains though. 
April 15, 2019
@Dan Smith that was an excellent view of Boston's public transportation. Thanks for sharing. I particularly liked getting to know the expressions "Crazy Quilt" and "Patchwork".
April 15, 2019
I'm currently overseas in Southeast Asia. I utilize public transportation about twice week to go to the grocery store. The cost? Thirty-five cents per ride! When I was back in the United States, I had my own scooter, which was basically my car and I would take it to visit Walmart at night, during the day, or anytime I wanted. Gas is very cheap when you ride a scooter in the United States. I actually worked for a transportation company for five years, and I even took the city before I purchased my first scooter in 2014.
April 15, 2019
Robson
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