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Public transportation – I must like it…

If you have read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big supporter of public transportation – or transport en commun as they say in French.

I have used OC Transpo as my wheels to work ever since moving to Ottawa in 1997. Figure 220 work days x two trips per day x 14 years minus some days where I brought the car or was on holidays etc. and you come up with about 6,000 trips!

Wow. Never thought of it like that before…

But aside from the odd pain in the ass strike and missing buses and various other quirks, it remains the most convenient and cost effective way for me to get to the place where I earn my pay.

And I have taken public transportation elsewhere too. I kind of feel that you get a good feel for the Volks of a place by riding their buses or rails.

Beijing, Paris, London, Mexico City, Cuba, Bridgetown, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Regina, Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Peterborough, Halifax… in all these places I have ridden public buses, trains, subways or boats…

How about you? Where have you experienced public transportation? Which has the best/worst system?



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  1. Oh, and Puerto Vallarta

  2. Best would have to be London or Montreal.

    Worst would be Ottawa.

    Other places I’ve experienced than Ottawa for comparison: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston, Victoria, Halifax, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, London, Edinburgh, Zurich, Caracas, Naples.

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