Public Transportation

Public transportation is a means of moving groups of people throughout a city, or even longer distances. Public transportation usually charges a fee, but are often a more efficient alternative to driving your own vehicle.

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Public Transportation

What is fear of public transportation called?

It is or should be called Muniphobia. PLEASE DON'T GET TOO CLOSE TO ME!

Public Transportation

What are the pros and cons of public transport?


  • when you ride the bus, you walk around more, free exercise
  • You get to meet new people
  • riding the bus is relaxing
  • you can save money
  • more people on the bus means less cars on the road, which means less traffic congestions
  • more people on the bus and less cars also means less CO2 emisions
  • no parking fees
  • kids love to ride the bus and you don't have to worry about carseats
  • if the bus becomes your only means of transportation, you don't have to worry about car insurance
  • no maintenance costs
  • reduction of dependence on foreign oil
  • Seattle Metro buses provide regular service to parks, beaches, malls, movie theaters, ball parks, and even hiking trails. There are even discounts for children and families.
  • Each transit system has their own web site, making for efficient trip planning
  • CONS

  • riding the bus can be time consuming
  • if you get on the wrong bus, then you have to spend more money to catch the correct bus
  • there are no carseats available for young children
  • time restraints
  • using a public mode of transportation takes planning
  • you don't get to choose your environment
  • there are no seatbelts for young chhildren
  • riding the bus can be confusing
Train Travel
Public Transportation

How many subway lines are their in Mexico?

I guess you mean in Mexico City. The Mexico City Metro (officially Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro) consists of 11 lines, 163 stations and a total length of 202 Kilometers (126 miles). Its daily ridership amounts for some 3.88 million people.

Public Transportation

What are trams ran on?

The majority of trams are powered by electricity, however some older trams are powered by steam or diesel.

Tram travel on tram rails. These are similar to train rails, but there are some important differences.

Public Transportation

Why are there brushes on the sides of escalators?

Unfortunately, they’re not there to clean your shoes—they’re there to keep your feet away from where the step meets the side of the escalator. That’s where many of the worst escalator injuries occur, so it’s best you forego your customary between-floor shoe cleaning (I write to myself, begrudgingly).

Schindler, an international escalator manufacturer, explains their trusty elevator skirt brush here:

“A continuous length of bristles projects out from the skirt, gently deflecting and guiding riders away from the step-to-skirt gap. The brushes are made with durable monofilaments, and provide a soft surface to warn passengers and encourage them to keep away from the extreme sides of the step.”

So...can you keep brushing your shoes with them, even a little? No, stop that.

Public Transportation

Why did Frank Sprague invent streetcars?

because he thought it would be nice for people to not have to walk!

Public Transportation

What public transport was used in 1915?

Trolly cars, boats, trains, cable cars

New York City
Public Transportation

Can you get public transportation from Hoboken NJ to New York City?

Yes. The PATH train stops in Hoboken. The PATH train connects Jersey City, Hoboken, Harrison and Newark to Manhattan. The PATH train also connects to the A-C-E (the blue New York City subway line) in Manhattan.

Travel & Places
Public Transportation
Metros and Subways

World's oldest subway system?

It is in London.

The oldest line was the Metropolitan and it was built in 1863!

Public Transportation

What public transport was there in 1911 London?

Buses, some of which were still horse drawn. Cabs, again some were still horse drawn and the underground and overground railways and tramcars.

Currency Conversions
Public Transportation

500000 nam tram dong is equivalent to how much AMERICAN DOLLARS?


Public Transportation

How did the streetcar affect life in the big city?

middle class people now could afford to live just outside the city limits

Electrical Engineering
Public Transportation

What Voltage is used to run a trolley?

The most common voltage is 600 Volts DC. However, various voltages have been used. Most newly built light rail lines use 750 Volts DC. Some have used 1200 VDC or 1500 VDC. A few have used AC current.

Public Transportation

What is the public transportation to the White Plains Airport?

You can take the bus which drops you off right at the Westchester Airport, also known as the White Plains Airport, in White Plains, New York. You can also take a taxi cab.

Public Transportation

When did the trams stop running in London?

In the 1950's

The Difference Between
Public Transportation

What is the difference between trans-flap and TRAM flap?

i think a trans flap and a tram flap are one and the same thing. Tram stands for transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap] and trans is just a shortening of the first word transverse. That's what i think anyway. It just seems to make sense.

Computer History
Tractors and Farm Equipment
Public Transportation

Who invented the tram?

Lachlan Moed Nicholas Brankovic

British Soap Operas
Coronation Street
Public Transportation

Which coronation street characters died in tram crash?

Ashley dies in the joinery when the roof collapses. Molly dies in the Corner Shop of internal bleeding after revealing that Kevin is baby Jacks father. Charlotte dies in hospital after turning off her life support. An unnamed taxi driver also dies when the joinery explodes.

Electronics Engineering
Spyro Video Game Series
Public Transportation

Who made the first tram?

Werner Siemens build the first electric tram in 1881, Berlin Germany

Public Transportation

Is there public transportation from Baltimore to Ocean City?

If you are referring to Greyhound services as 'public transportation' then yes, there is service from Baltimore to Ocean City.

A Greyhound bus ticket from Baltimore to Ocean City will cost approximately $38.72 - $51.00 depending on the fare type selected. The price of a bus ticket depends on the fare type purchased (example: refundable, non-refundable, return, one-way). Price confirmation can be obtained online or through your local Greyhound Operator.

Word Games
Crossword Puzzles
Public Transportation

What is a four letter word for trolley car in a crossword Puzzle?


Public Transportation

Who invented the electric streetcar in 1874?

In 1874, New York City installed an electric streetcar system designed by Stephen Dudley Field. The system was dangerous and ineffective, but it was a sign of things to come.

History of China
Hong Kong
Public Transportation

Why was the Hong Kong Peak Tram invented?

The Peak Tram wasn't so much of an invention, but rather "Why was the Hong Kong Peak Tram built?" The Peak Tram was built, because at the early days of Hong Kong's colonization, many of the British and European expatriates (including British Government officials and then Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell) during the 1860s have discovered that the Victoria Peak "locally the people call it The Peak" offered a much more desirable environment to live in, especially with Hong Kong's inhospitable heat during the summertime. Before the Peak Tram was built or even in service, the residents who lived in the Peak had to be carried up to their residences by Sedan Chairs, who we're carried by coolies (public or private hired). This prevented the further development of "The Peak" along with the "Mid-Levels". One philantropist, Alexander Finlay Smith also owned a hotel at The Peak and had very little business due to the inconveient location of "The Peak". With his petitioning and lobbying, the Peak Tram was developed, to allow a much easier access to "The Peak", including his hotel.

Civil Engineering
Public Transportation

Who invented subways?


The word "Subway" can mean two things.

A short pathway under a road is one.

Underground transportation on rails is the other.

The invention of a pathway under a road is probably many many thousand years old. I believe we have had subways for as long as mankind have been building roads. In beginning a subway was formed just by coincidence because of terrain where road were built.

The first descriptions of Subways is probably from Rome, but it is highly unlikely that they were the first or the only one to utilize them.

The underground transportation on rails however... That is of much more modern character and its story is amazing.

Short answer:

Charles Pearson and/or Queen Victoria (Born 24 May 1819, Died 22 January 1901)

But to understand why, you would need the wordy version.

Even teachers might disagree before the wordy version is read.

It also depends what ones perspective of an inventor is.

Longish wordy answer:

The actual inventor:

I have found many names through my research on Internet.

Alfred Ely Beach, Charles Pearson, Sir John Fowler, Queen Victoria of GBR

I have not been able to find a "one man/woman person" that is "correct" to credit for the invention. It seems that this "invention" as such is nothing more than using existing equipment and machinery's, just under ground instead of over ground.

The idea:

Sewers.. ewwww. but still...

The years of the "Big Stink" in London (1858 - 59), led to the installation of large new sewers to deliver wastes to the Thames River -- this time, to a discharge point downstream of the Parliament Buildings! Queen Victoria was so excited about the new larger sewer tunnels that she ordered a small rail line to be installed therein to transport people through the sewer.

Maybe the inventor actually was a woman of royal blood. She may not have been the very first in the world to think it possible, but she was the first to order it done.

The first underground railway in the world was the Metropolitan Railway, now part of the London Underground. London's system was proposed by Charles Pearson, as part of a city improvement plan, after the Thames Tunnel opened. After ten years of discussion, the British Parliament authorized the construction of an underground railway. Construction began in 1860 and was complete in 1863. Steam locomotives were used on the underground route until 1905.[31] The first electric underground railway was the City & South London Railway, also now part of the Underground, which opened in 1890.

The inventor popularly credited with the invention of the pneumatic tube subway is Alfred Ely Beach. Beach received a 1865 patent for a pneumatic transit system (pneumatic tube) for mail and passengers. He also built America's first subway.

The idea of a pneumatic under ground railway however belongs to Charles Pearson that already back in 1845 Published a pamphlet calling for the construction of an underground railway driven by compressed air.

Beach's subway in New York City was an experimental subway driven by compressed air and vacuum and the total length was only 312 feet (104 yards). It operated from 1870-73, when it was closed.

Between the 1860 and 1863 Sir John Fowler and others actually built the first section of the London Underground. The section that opened in 1863 was about two miles long.

Alfred Ely Beach actually got his inspiration from London Underground in regards to a subway.


We understand that Alfred Ely Beach did not actually invent the underground, but he did make use of the pneumatic tube which had much less pollution to it. We understand that sewer canals under ground is the most likely origin of the actual subway transportation under ground.

We understand that it actually was an English Queen that saw the possibility of transporting people in sewer canals and ordered this done/made. If this indeed was her own idea, then I must credit Queen Victoria (Born 24 May 1819, Died 22 January 1901).

She was the longest reigning British monarch and the figurehead of a vast empire. She oversaw huge changes in British society and gave her name to an age.


Charles Pearson proposed an underground system for transportation to the British parliament. History tells:

After ten years of discussion, the British Parliament authorized the construction of an underground railway and construction began in 1860.

This mean that Charles Pearson had the idea before Queen Victoria.

It can even be that the queen gave this idea for Pearson to mature the idea in the parliament. Political games has throughout time been played out in mysterious ways.

Pearson published a pamphlet as early as 1845 calling for the construction of an underground railway through the Fleet valley to Farringdon. The proposed railway would have been an atmospheric railway with trains pushed through tunnels by compressed air. Although the proposal was ridiculed and came to nothing (and would almost certainly have failed if it had been built, due to the shortcomings of the technology proposed), Pearson continued to lobby for a variety of railway schemes throughout the 1840s and 1850s.

Public Transportation

How did streetcars change the way that cities were organized?

the city centers became business districts


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