Why does the U.S. transit system suck so bad?

I’m just trying to get from one place to another as fast as possible but the only route that gets me where I’m going has me do a three hour detour in the opposite direction. It’ll take 6.5 hours just to go 60 miles. 

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  • 9 months ago
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    Rent or buy a car like the rest of us.

    (Interesting name you have there). Real class............

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    • Anon9 months agoReport

      I Appreciate Every Day that I may simply jump on my 'bike or in my car. I realize know what a precious Gift having the privilege to drive is. After years of bus, bicycle, walking..

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It takes me 6 hours to go 5 miles to town.

    That is because the bus has a specific route IT MUST FOLLOW...BECAUSE OF OTHER PICKUP POINTS. They are not your private carrier.

    . I find I can WALK to town faster than taking the Bus, so I walk when in a rush.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    IDK. I tried to go from mys city to Wichita on Amtrak (which is Federally santioned), had to either go to LA or GA , THEN, double back to Wichita. Insane.

    And, Wichita KS is a big city. Many major aircraft cos thee. Not like Smallville.... My city is one million, too. So much for "linking major cities"... SF is only 800, 000.

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  • Scott
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    9 months ago

    Because there really isn t a US transit system. It s all municipal, county or state run in most cases.

    • Anon9 months agoReport

      Interstate Trains are Federal.

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  • 9 months ago

    You live in a very large country with some very long-distance routes within its borders, and also an overall low population density.

    So public transport is only going to tend to run between major population centres.

    If a 60 mile journey is going to take that long then use a bicycle. You should be easily able to do that in about 4 hours (or just 3 hours if you pedal a bit harder to average 20mph instead of a leisurely 15mph). Using an electric-assist bicycle it can be an easy 3 hours or even less for more powerful electric bikes which can do 25-30mph.

    Or if you can ride a motorcycle that journey can be just 1 hour if speed limits allow 60-70mph.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Use Uber or Lyft.

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    • Anon9 months agoReport

      I took bus just Yesterday to get from 15 miles away, where I'd dropped off a car for service, to home. Almost a direct route and busses have that 3rd lane to the right reserved for them or bicycles.

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