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  1. Ez2foome

    Ez2foome said, over 4 years ago

    That’s because they’re in a country that wasn’t run by the auto companies when their transit system was built.

  2. 144 Cent

    144 Cent said, over 4 years ago

    Buffalo doesn’t need a map. There’s only one line, and there’s nothing on either end.

  3. lontooni

    lontooni said, over 4 years ago

    I Hampton Roads more people are riding PT then ever. More are using bicycles too.

  4. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, over 4 years ago

    A fun spot for the color blind.

  5. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 4 years ago

    Be glad if you have a system. In many Latin American cities, buses and routes are privately owned. Even tho they’re subsidized by the gov’t, the owners can’t figure out how to keep them in safe condition or hire safe drivers. The drivers’ goal is to meet time constraints and out-compete other drivers for passengers. Let’s hear it for free-market competition!

  6. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 4 years ago

    Morty and Lisa certainly offer a great contrast. When I have spent time in Europe in recent years, Vienna and Berlin mostly, I loved the freedom of being able to go wherever I liked, without much hassle, and quite cheaply, though those cities excellent public transportation. My family lived in Vienna for years back in the 1980s, and though my Dad immediately bought a car when he got the city (being an regular American), in the end whole months would go by without the car coming out of the garage. A good public transportation system means more freedom for everyone. Germany may be as much in love with the automobile as America is, but it is also a country where the working man has rights, and government is obliged to consider the welfare of all citizens, not just the more affluent. And they have more of the “we’re all in the same boat” mentality that we sometimes lack.

    I read about an interest example of that recently. Atlanta, I think it was, proposed extending bus service to certain middle-class suburbs. The residents opposed this measure because the availability of affordable public transport would mean that people of lesser means who worked in the city could then afford to live in those suburbs. The whole idea was in part to let people move to better neighborhoods. The people already there feared an influx of “undesirable” neighbors, and got the proposal abandoned. The fact that most of the people who would benefit from PT were black, and most of those living in these suburbs were white “had nothing to do with it” of course.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 4 years ago

    I am sorry I cannot understand why a national anything cartoonist or otherwise cares so much about Washington’s transit system. I don’t care much about the DART it Dallas.
    No one in NY should care nor Boston nor LA nor San Francisco it is a local issue.

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 4 years ago


    He does local cartoons, too. They all go up here.

  9. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 4 years ago

    This is only depicting the three lines that are most affected by the new “rush plus”. It’s a plus for some, for others not so much.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Too many American cities have no “functional” system, and it’s the “progress” brought by auto and oil companies, period.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago

    Doughfoot says: “A good public transportation system means more freedom for everyone.” A smart comment. Think about it. Some people don’t have the money to buy a car, but if there’s good public transit they have the freedom to move around. So public services can actually increase freedom. This is not an argument that everything should be socialized, but it does suggest that some socialization is a good thing.

  12. T.E. Lawrence

    T.E. Lawrence said, over 4 years ago

    The Osaka line is hard to read, too.

  13. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 4 years ago


    In Vienna, the system was terrific. You didn’t even have to have a ticket or money. There were no conductors making sure you had a ticket before you got on. The thing was on the honor system, enforced by inspectors who periodically checked tickets (spot checked) while the train, bus, or whatever was in motion. If you got caught without a ticket, there was a fine; repeated offenses brought increasing fines. Like the points on your driver’s license.

    If you were smart, you bought a weekly, monthly, or annual pass to the whole city-wide system. But if you got caught at ten o’clock at night, on the other side of the city from home, without your wallet or your pass, you could just ride home as usual and take your chances of a fine. You could not be stuck in an emergency with no way to get home. Most Austrians are honest, and the inspectors don’t catch many people without tickets, and so the number of inspectors isn’t all that large. I rode everywhere for a year, and while I always carried a valid ticket, I only saw an inspector once, only actually needed the ticket once. Since they didn’t wear uniforms, you never knew until the doors closed and the man stood up and put on his badge that there was an inspector on board.

    No car, little money, but the run of the city. Nice.

  14. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 4 years ago

    The (relatively new) LA Metro (electric) trains are good when they go where I need to. One misfeature that has puzzled me is they don’t go to the main airport (LAX), nor Burbank (BUR). Taxi opposition, perhaps?

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