Greg MacDonald, a 22 year old Business Major from Santa Clara University, after one week in his study abroad program made the observation, “Public transit [here] in Europe is so much better than in the United States” despite never actually taking public transit in the United States.
“It’s so just convenient and easy here” continued the San Francisco Bay Area Native, “I wish they had stuff like this back home”, despite never actually having set foot in any similar public infrastructure in his home area.
The San Francisco Bay Area, known for it’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), CalTrain, Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority Light Rail (VTA Light Rail) and San Francisco Municipal Railway Metro Light RAil (SF Muni Metro), together span over 258 miles serving several hundred million riders every year. Other regional railways that MacDonald would have no idea about include Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor (the 4th busiest in the United States by ridership with 1.7 million rides in 2013) or the Sonoma – Marin Area Transit Railway (SMART train) which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
“If transit was like this in America”, he said while pointing to the Tube train in which he was sitting, “I would ride it all the time. Time to get your act together America”.
— Mark Wilson