15 Facts About Public transport


Public transport is a system of transport for passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public unlike private transport, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip.

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However, most public transport trips include other modes of travel, such as passengers walking or catching bus services to access train stations.

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Conveyances designed for public hire are as old as the first ferries, and the earliest public transport was water transport: on land people walked or rode an animal.

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Some historical forms of public transport include the stagecoach, traveling a fixed route between coaching inns, and the horse-drawn boat carrying paying passengers, which was a feature of European canals from their 17th-century origins.

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Whether or not those canals were used for-hire public transport remains unknown; the Grand Canal in China served primarily for shipping grain.

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Actual travel time on public transport becomes a lesser consideration when predictable and when travel itself is reasonably comfortable, and can thus be scheduled and used pleasurably, productively or for rest.

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Passenger rail Public transport is the conveyance of passengers by means of wheeled vehicles specially designed to run on railways.

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Most—but not all—public transport requires the purchase of a ticket to generate revenue for the operators.

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Zero-fare public transport services are funded in full by means other than collecting a fare from passengers, normally through heavy subsidy or commercial sponsorship by businesses.

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Private Public transport is normally subsidized indirectly through free roads and infrastructure, as well as incentives to build car factories and, on occasion, directly via bailouts of automakers.

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Study found that there is a strong link between support for public transport spending is much higher among conservatives who have high levels of trust in government officials than conservatives who do not.

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Public transport is means of independent transport for individuals such as children too young to drive, the elderly without access to cars, those who do not hold a drivers license, and the infirm such as wheelchair users.

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Studies have shown that there is a strong inverse correlation between urban population density and energy consumption per capita, and that public transport could facilitate increased urban population densities, and thus reduce travel distances and fossil fuel consumption.

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An important social role played by public transport is to ensure that all members of society are able to travel without walking or cycling, not just those with a driving license and access to an automobile—which include groups such as the young, the old, the poor, those with medical conditions, and people banned from driving.

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Public transport was halted for three months in 2020 in Kampala, Uganda with people resorting to walking or cycling.

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