Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Public Transit System in Japan

After we talked about the awards that had been bestowed on our public transit  system, I  read an email from Alain Soucy who shared some fascinating info on Japanese mass transit.
Here is the email in its entirety:

"The Japanese built their  first bullet  train in 1960. In 2010, the Tokyo train system accumulated 17 seconds delay. Not bad when  you consider the size of the population.
 The bus drivers in Japan do not  have pony tails; they do not stop at Mc Donald's for a coffee. No sir, they wear a uniform with white gloves and a hat.
The bus transmission is manual, the drivers are never on strike.They have a small microphone close to the mouth which they use to welcome every passenger. All buses have air conditioning. Every stop is announced via digital display screen and you can actually get  change on the bus.
 The subway stations have washrooms and elevators. Retired people provide information to travellers; you can spot them by the armband they  wear.
It  is a life experience to use the transit system in Japan."

--From CJAD Talk Radio Montreal

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