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When I landed for the first time in the United States years back the first thing that crossed my mind was the absence of the line of taxis, a familiar sight in most European cities. The residents did not see anything wrong, because they said that in the US everyone drives her (or his) own car. Making comparisons, I did not find that explanation appealing because the situation in a country like Germany is somewhat similar, with most of the people owning cars. Talking of Germany, I have lived there for a couple of years and almost every city has a rapid transport system and is served by an efficient taxi network that is available on call and at almost all railway and bus stations.
It is true that some cities like New York and Chicago have rapid transport systems, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Most of the cities especially in the heartland do not have an efficient public transport system, which must have a fairly good coverage of the area it is supposed to serve as well as a decent frequency of service. In most places in the US, the system fails on both these counts.
Long distance travel by train is not a popular option in the US. Some of the reasons for this are:
Of course, there are a couple of very big and obvious difference between the utilization of public transport in the US (or Europe, for that matter) and countries like India and China.
Having said all this, it is a pleasure to travel in the United States with its innumerable tourist spots that leave you with an exhilarating feeling.
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