@kingu_platypus_gidora That’s literally how public transportation in Japan works.

@kingu_platypus_gidora I don’t know, to be honest, but trains work great. They’re fast, they’re regular and they were always perfectly on time.

@kingu_platypus_gidora @josemanuel

Yeah this is basically Japan, in the 90s Japan was car crazy but car ownership is much smaller now

@josemanuel And really pretty much every other rich country, especially if it doesn't speak English by default.


@wolf480pl @kingu_platypus_gidora There are sure more public transport in Japan/China/Taiwan. Including Trains/bullet trains/buses. There are still some place where roads bus are needed. In 1850 France, the whole territory was covered by railways, used by trains for people or fret, and by numerous tramways. This require less space than roads for car, no need of macadam and it's need of asphalt (so petroleum). Car tires also pollute a lot with their plastic tires to work on asphalt. and all this plastic goes everywhere, in ground, rivers, and come back in rains. Instead rails only need metal and rocks heap or concrete, friction are far lower and more efficient on rails. In Japan there is also the same problem than in England, lot of minor lines are managed to private company, they are often more expansive and unused. In Taiwan/Japan, most of the time I take bullet train (there is only one coastal line in both), there was mostly empty. but In Mainland China (including Hainan island) there was mostly full, a full country grid. In both case there are really frequent trains (about 1/2h by line I believe).
@wolf480pl @kingu_platypus_gidora In france, there the bullet train is organized as a star, with Paris as the center, But Paris is far in north, and governement close minor lines one by one. So most people need to go to Paris and come back in South of France, this make a ~1000km travel with not easy change in Paris, where it could be around ~300km travel between West and East of Southern France.

@popolon @wolf480pl

It's like nobody gives a shit about global warning... (or even just making the place we live in agreable)

I'm so sick of this.

I'm in my 50s and have no kids. By the time the world becomes uninhabitable I'll be long gone.
The world is controlled by governments who aren't going to make any meaningful changes.
So I don't intend to shorten my life stressing over something I can do absolutely nothing about.
I'll keep my car and my air conditioners and I'll fucking enjoy them.

@fossil I am in my 50 too and I do understand your point and sometime (if not often) shared it with you, but I do have a kid and he is cool and I so wish the best for him...

It's funny because I woke up this morning and my wife and I were just talking about this because I have to take her Jeep in for an oil change. Then I pull up my Fediverse and see this.

Car culture in the US is annoying. And the fact that in the US people seem to feel the need to buy a new car every 5 years... that just blows my mind.

@kingu_platypus_gidora nice picture of sapsan train which costs more than any working class person would be willing or able to pay for a ticket, fucking ridiculous prices

@girlmaya yeah, just check prices and it's not the most affordable transit ever! Hope the coffee is good :)

@kingu_platypus_gidora ive only heard from friends i dont live in russia but yea its ridiculous i hate capitalism

Just move to Japan.
The rest of us will continue enjoying the way ours cars let us travel to all those millions of places that will never have public transport, and let us stop to buy something or admire the view exactly when we choose.


Self driving cars are mostly a digital problem. You can have both.


Not to mention it is an odd city folk dream. In most of the United States are not a densely packed human anthill, like non-English speaking countries tend to be.

@kingu_platypus_gidora "walkability" just means density which means higher housing prices which means more homelessness

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