How do the transit systems of the world really compare? - The Globe and Mail



It's easy to get lost on that guy's website - but it's good to keep in mind specifics when comparing. For example, his map of Berlin includes the S-Bahn lines, and rightly so, since they basically function as a metro. But his Paris map doesn't include RER lines, which basically does the same thing. Not sure what his criteria were - I know the S-Bahn and U-Bahn have unified fare collection but I don't think RER and Metro do.

I had a similar thought to Alex's -- there are so many layers to public transit networks that it is difficult to compare them. The Toronto map only includes the Subway/RT lines, ignoring the fairly extensive streetcar network as well as the GO Transit commuter service.

Of course, it's completely appropriate to ignore some services when drawing these maps -- It's better to compare the core services which run at high frequency and serve the most passengers. Cities around the world choose different technologies to do the same job, and the same technology gets used for different levels of service in different places.

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