November 20, 2012

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According to transportation writer Eric Jaffe, 88 percent of Germans live within a kilometer (a bit over a half mile) of public transportation. The comparable figure for Americans is just 43 percent. In urban centers, writes Jaffe, Germans use public transport at nearly six times the rate of Americans. In small-to-medium-sized towns, Germans use public transportation at a rate 18 times that in similar-sized American cities.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

88 percent of Germans live within a kilometer (a bit over a half mile) of public transportation.

I'm glad to hear that's still true. Fifty years ago, when I lived & worked there, buses served the villages, streetcars and buses the towns and small cities, and subways, streetcars, and buses the larger cities.

Berlin even had subways, elevated railways, streetcars, and buses serving different sectors (subway/streetcar for a fast trip in town, elevated for connecting the suburbs, and buses for filling in the gaps).

The transit people seemed to have a near-perfect loading heuristic, because I was hardly ever in a car where there were empty seats or where it was such a crush that it was hard to get in and out, as is often the case in Boston and apparently always the case in Tokyo.

The US has a lot to learn.