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Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Fri Dec 29 22:50:24 2017, in response to Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System, posted by Peter Rosa on Fri Dec 29 21:04:56 2017.

Tokyo City has no transit deserts, but that was due to the cycle of: Area has no transit -> no one wants to live there -> cheap to buy up land and build a transit line -> now there's transit. Japan has no concept of NIMBY, little resembling zoning, etc - anyone can put almost anything they want on their land. Buy up plots to make a 5KM strip of contiguous land and you can put tracks on it / run trains. They also chose to block up the navigable waterways that cut through the city with low fixed bridges for rail lines and roads, figuring the benefit outweighed the costs (imagine if the East river could be traversed by bridges 40' above the water).

That said, I can't think of any other large city with such omnipresent rail transit. Washington DC (the district itself) should be an easy one yet there are huge sections at the edges with no Metro.
Singapore is massively building out their subway but even after they finish, there will still be places that are a 10 minute bus ride from a station (annoyingly, one of those places is the Zoo).


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