Public Transportation A comParIson of the united states And france, the united kingdom, and japan.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is a very major way of traveling in many countries across the world. Some countries though, use this type of transportation more than others, and some even rely on it to connect themselves physically.


Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Railway Group is a group of railway operation companies that run Japan's rail system, which is very business focused, and this is the main branch of the public transportation system. There are train lines connecting the largest island, Honshu, from north to south as well as Honshu to two of the four main islands, Hakkaido, the northernmost of these islands, and Kyushu, the southernmost island of the four. Shikoku, the island encompassed by Honshu, is not connected to the three other main islands by the railway, making only a union of the three largest islands. Another major branch of Japan's public transportation system is the bus services. These mainly connect the large cities to themselves and operate mostly inside of these cities driving about the streets. Some Japanese buses travel away from cities. These buses, highway buses, are a cheaper alternative method of travel in Japan. They can travel medium and long distances but are much slower than trains.


Train Station in France

In a similar fashion to Japan, trains are an important part of the French public transportation system. The railways almost exclusively stem from Paris, winding across all of France, as well as connecting it to other European countries. The French railway is used as a connection between countries more than it is as a connection of the country itself, differing heavily from many other railway reliant countries. Buses are used similarly in France as they are in Japan, as in-city transport. They are very rarely seen outside of cities though, as France does not have nearly as many large cities as Japan and trains are better as long distance transport.

The United Kingdom

Double Decker Bus in London, England

The United Kingdom's two main types of transport, buses and trains, are both equally major and relevant sources of transport. Buses are an iconic travel method in the U.K. and are an available source around the country, though still limited mostly to cities. These buses can transport anyone across many cities and create simple travel between city locations. Trains are also a major method of travel in the United Kingdom and connect the island country together and even connect the island to mainland Europe. Both systems are widely used and make up the majority of public transportation in the United Kingdom.

United States of America

Grand Central Terminal in New York City, New York

Public transportation in the United States is unique amongst the countries formerly presented. Due to the massive, sprawling landscape of the country, many forms of transportation are not relevant in the United States. Some alternate forms of transport in the U.S. include airplanes and most importantly, cars. Sprawling highways spread across the country, connecting it from coast to coast. Airplanes are always flying from far apart cities, bridging the gap between populated areas. Trains are not used nearly as much as smaller countries such as in France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Buses are not seen nearly as much either as cars are a simpler alternative to these forms of public transportation. In some large American cities, such as New York City, taxis are an alternative to buses as well, making them very uncommon in many cities, and are usually only used as a cheap alternative for people living close to areas where buses stop. In comparison to France, Japan, and the U.K., the United States is vastly less dependent on public transport and relies more on cars and other long range forms of transportation, such as airplanes.


In conclusion, the United States contrasts vastly between France, Japan, and the U.K. when concerning public transport. The need for it was always much less major, so it never devoloped to the full extent that it did in the formerly listed countries. Long distance travel in the form of trains never developed to the level of the advancement of Japan and France, two of the most railway reliant countries in the world. Modernization of the country's older railways, such as the Transcontinental Railroad, never occurred either as the need was flattened once commercial airlines could transport anyone from New York to Los Angles, over 3000 miles, in seven hours. The United States of America is not reliant on public transportation in the same forms that it is relied upon in other countries due to its size, technological advancements, and history.


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