Question by  elsewhen (627)

Why don't more people in the United States use public transportation?

especially when you consider the high price of gas and high traffic.


Answer by  Purple1 (6)

Sickness! people dont wanna catch other peoples germs haha idkk. or there too l a z y... like me. ive never riden a city bus before in my life! though i should consider it though.


Answer by  GeekBoy (146)

Public transportation mainly works in broad strokes, getting people from one general area (a mall) to another general area (downtown). It doesn't work as well for people going from home to a specific job site. No one wants to leave home too early or walk too far to work.


Answer by  elsewhen (627)

i think more people on the east coast use public transportation because the cities are older and more compact. in the west, though, the cities are designed around cars and highways, so public transportation is very impractical.


Answer by  willowtree (55)

I live in a rural area so I am not sure why those in cities might not use public transportation. Perhaps they just prefer to drive themselves to their destination. In the area where I live, there is no public transportation. We have no buses, trains, or even taxis.


Answer by  caringguy (40)

Not very many people use public transportation in the US for a variety of reasons. One is that we are anti-social. We like lots of privacy, and a personal automobile just seems safer than a bus or a train. Another is that the routes of public transportation are often inconvenient.

Reply by elsewhen (627):
i think over 40,000 people die a year in car crashes in the U.S... i think that public transportation is significantly safer than an automobile.  add a comment

Answer by  klmake1 (21)

In my opinion, more people do not use public transportation because it in not as handy as getting in your own car and driving, and in the outlying areas it is not available. We live in a rural area and we have no public transportation.

Reply by philosophy (243):
i think that you have probably not experienced heavy traffic or the difficulties in finding parking in a dense city. in compact urban areas, public transit is often much more convenient than driving. I think the problem in the US is that we don't have extensive public-transit systems.  add a comment
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