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.
"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