When we say that below are the four transit systems you should travel by, what we are trying to imply is that get yourself on these modes of public commute and be ready to have a spectacular experience. The transit systems covered in this article include some of the most impressively massive as well as some of the best-scaled urban transportation systems(sic.). Some of the below are few of the oldest transport networks in the world. And it goes without saying that they are efficient, reliable, safe, clean and cheap.
The Tube, London
This underground network is the oldest in the world, as well as the longest, with 400 kilometers of track. It’s also one of the most traveled with over one billion passengers recorded in 2007. This network is linked to London’s other rail that includes the Docklands Light Railway, which gives passengers a scenic view of the Thames.
Moscow has one of the oldest grids in the world and is also the second most heavily used system, carrying over 7.5 million people daily. Its network of routes is close to 293 kilometers long with clean stations, which themselves are an attraction of ornate, Baroque architecture that people spend time enjoying. Many consider it to be the most reliable subway in the world, running up to 40 trains an hour. If you choose to stay in the station a bit longer to take in its architecture, you can set your watch to the next train on the schedule.
One of the most innovative public transportation systems in the U.S., Portland gives its riders a mixture of bus, light rail, streetcar, and aerial tram to use. Its bus system has several lines that arrive on time seven days a week. Plus the middle of downtown Portland has a “Fareless Square,” which means riders ride for free in a set area. At its center is the Portland Transit Mall, where buses and light rail converges to give service to its riders. Also, its streetcar runs on an approximate nine-kilometer loop that drops riders at Portland’s aerial tram, which can carry them to Oregon Health and Science University on top of Marquam Hill. The city has a big biking culture as well, with wide bike lanes for riders. In all, Portland’s design as a “green city” has given its residents a great mix of reliable public transportation.
The Copenhagen Metro was completed in 2002, and Copenhagen’s public transit is linked by another train system — the S-trains — that connect people to the suburbs and outside regions of Denmark. They also have an urban bike program that allows people to use a quarter to unlock a parked bike, then go for a ride and park it in another zone across town whereupon their quarter will be returned. In 2006, its metro had a 98-99% reliability rate, with train cars that have a reputation for cleanliness thanks to the Danish culture that frowns upon littering of any kind.
The above trivia has been handpicked and edited from – AskMen and Gadling. You can click on either to read more about other existing first world modes of public commute. There are many other exemplary transit systems with commendable innovations and we shall be covering them very soon.