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Old Posted Jun 26, 2018, 9:17 PM
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I think of Toronto's Bloor Danforth line being the last of the "old world" metros (1966), while Montreal's metro (also 1966) as being the first of the "new world" metros
I love this observation.
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Old Posted Jul 3, 2018, 10:27 PM
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NYC
Philly
Buffalo
Toronto
DC
Baltimore
Miami
Panama City
Addis Ababa
Dubai
SF/Oakland
Los Angeles
Mexico City
Monterrey
Chicago
Medellin
New Orleans


For ease of use, punctuality and cleanliness I'd have to say Medellin takes the prize for me, Dubai is a very close second. I can tell you that BART might be the sketchiest one on my list and New Orleans wins for novelty factor
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Old Posted Jul 3, 2018, 11:09 PM
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Boston
Chicago
Brussels
Paris (long time ago)
Düsseldorf
Barcelona
Madrid
Montreal
Toronto
Athens

Being a transit nerd, it's a shame I never got to ride the NYC Subway, but I will next fall.

Favorite: I won't pick Montreal because that would be way too easy (very attached to it), so I would say Chicago. Just loved seeing the Chicago skyline so much riding the Blue Line from O'Hare, and it's very iconic.
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Old Posted Jul 3, 2018, 11:26 PM
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Metro / Heavy Rail:
Washington
Atlanta
Los Angeles
Philadelphia
New York (favorite)

Light Rail / Trolley:
Charlotte (LR)
New Orleans
Memphis

Intercity rail (Amtrak):
Crescent
Acela (absolute favorite)

The NYC will always be my absolute favorite, though the DC Metro has a very special place in my heart (you can message me if you care about why), but the New Orleans streetcar is surprisingly helpful in a car-dominant city. New Orleans, as a city, is an anomaly among every other US city so I guess it stands to reason that its streetcar system would provide an improve function compared to cities like Memphis or Little Rock.
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2018, 10:54 PM
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What a great thread. Here is my list, I am not separating my list by type of rail used.

North America
San Francisco
Los Angeles
San Diego
Portland
New Orleans
Miami
D.C.
Phillly
NYC
Toronto
Mexico City

Europe
London
Copenhagen
Amsterdam
Paris
Barcelona
Madrid
Lisbon
Rome
Munich
Berlin
Prague
Budapest
Istanbul

Asia
Tokyo
Bejing
Bangkok
Dubai


Australia
Sydney

South America
Buenos Aires
Santiago

My favorite has to be Mexico City, it is just so alive, and it is amazing that a city as large as huge as Mexico City has a comprehensive system, something I wish LA had. I have to say the old wooden subway cars on Buenos Aires's Metro were so cool, rickety, but cool. I am glad i got to ride on them!

I live in DTLA and commute on the Redline regularly so it has to be the one I am the most familiar with.
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Old Posted Jul 5, 2018, 4:20 AM
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North America:
Boston
Chicago
DC
Denver (Light Rail)
LA
Montreal
NYC
SF (BART + Muni +VTA)

Europe:
Amsterdam
Berlin
Bucharest
Copenhagen
Paris
Prague
Rome

My favorite is Chicago, especially the elevated lines, because it's much more interesting to look outside the window. I also really like Montreal's metro because the stations have so many interesting things in them.
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Old Posted Jul 5, 2018, 7:53 PM
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So far in my life I've ridden:

NYC
Paris
Berlin
London
Madrid
Barcelona
Atlanta
Montreal
Lyon
D.C.
Boston
Chicago
Munich

I think of these Madrid is probably my favorite.
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Old Posted Jul 7, 2018, 7:01 PM
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Damn, I thought I'd ridden a lot, but people here are crazy. Ya'll got some money going to all these places!

US:
Philly
NYC
Boston
DC
Atlanta
Miami
Chicago
Seattle
San Francisco
San Jose
LA

Europe:
Paris
London
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2018, 9:55 PM
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Not a lot but soon to add some in Australia (Melbourne, Perth & Sydney)

Vancouver
Montreal
Toronto
Portland
San Francisco
New York

London

As confusing as it is I really liked London, New York though for getting places was great. I found San Francisco to be really slow and infrequent, we had to wait 2 hours once in the evening to get back from the Ocean Beach stop
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:24 PM
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Metros/Subways:
Boston
Montreal
Toronto
New York
Philadelphia
Chicago
Atlanta
LA
San Francisco (Bart)
Vancouver
London
Melbourne

Light Rail/Streetcars:
Portland
Houston
Tucson
Sydney
Melbourne
San Francisco (Muni)
Milan

Favorite is probably London - it's old and crowded, but get's you everywhere you need to go relatively efficiently.
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2018, 11:19 PM
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Not a lot but soon to add some in Australia (Melbourne, Perth & Sydney)

Vancouver
Montreal
Toronto
Portland
San Francisco
New York

London

As confusing as it is I really liked London, New York though for getting places was great. I found San Francisco to be really slow and infrequent, we had to wait 2 hours once in the evening to get back from the Ocean Beach stop
What did you find confusing about the Underground? I remember my first time using the system alone many years ago that the maps made it very easy to figure out where I was going and how to get there.
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Old Posted Jul 9, 2018, 3:18 AM
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tough list to make after too many years of traveling and riding transit! here's a guess, not discriminating between light rail, heavy rail, etc, but generally ignoring streetcars with no grade separation.

in somewhat stream of consciousness order....

vancouver
seattle
portland
san francisco muni
san francisco bay area bart
los angeles
chicago
atlanta
washington, d.c.
philadelphia
new york city (subway, path, lirr, etc)
boston
montreal
lima
london
paris
berlin
rome
milan
budapest
frankfurt
tokyo
sydney
osaka
hiroshima
kyoto
hong kong
singapore
beijing
guangzhou
shanghai
dalian
tianjin
nanjing
chengdu

i'm sure i'm leaving a bunch out.

most favorite, for sentimental reasons, is the paris metro.

"best" in terms of overall experience... maybe the MTR in hong kong.

new york and london are extraordinary in terms of coverage and age, and london is modernizing... but i can't give the nod to new york after so many times on incredibly hot platforms in the summer with no escalators and inadequate ventilation/air conditioning. i don't deal well with that, and it ruins the experience.
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Old Posted Jul 9, 2018, 5:05 AM
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I always make it a point to try to ride the metros of various cities.

Favorite, hands down Moscow, most beautiful stations in the world, even the new ones, up to 90 second headways at rush hour, and felt safe and convenient and finally, it's like 25 cents to ride the thing!


(No trams/streetcars on the list)
US

Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego
Portland
Seattle
Salt lake city
Houston
Dallas*
Minneapolis
Chicago
Atlanta
Miami
DC
NYC
Boston

Americas

Mexico city
Buenos Aires
Montreal
Toronto
Vancouver

Europe

Paris
London
Rome
Brussels
Helsinki
Moscow
St Petersburg
Kiev
Toulouse
Madrid
Barcelona
Dublin
Porto
Berlin*
Munich
Istanbul

Africa

Cairo

Asia

Tokyo
Osaka
Kyoto
Seoul
Beijing
Hong Kong
Bangkok
Kuala Lumpur
Singapore
Dubai
Delhi
Tashkent
Almaty*
Baku*
Tbilisi
Yerevan

*added this year

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Old Posted Jul 9, 2018, 5:54 PM
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North America
New York-dirty, good coverage, iconic
Atlanta- ehh
San Franciso-good

Europe
London- good coverage,
Paris- good coverage
Prague- decent coverage
Vienna-clean, decent coverage on U-Bahn, amazing coverage on trams
Berlin- extensive coverage, medium clena

Favorties
1. Vienna
2. Berlin
3. London
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2018, 8:30 AM
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I haven't been on many, and especially not outside the U.S. I haven't ridden it in years, and I hear it's gotten (much) worse, but my favorite for just its cleanliness - like, physically clean inside and out, and the architecture - was Washington's. I don't have much experience with the New York City Subway, but while very useful, it could do way, way better with aesthetics and architecture. BTW, while it gets a lot of guff for being dirty, I just found the Subway more worn than anything. Speaking of dirty, I was really surprised by the Paris Metro. Every station I used just about smelled like urine, and if you're a woman it would seem like hell; I saw multiple men copping feels on female classmates under the guise of the cars being too full. Wasn't a pleasant experience at all aside from some of the really cool architecture.
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2018, 9:46 AM
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This is my list..

Europe -

London
Paris
Berlin
Athens
Brussels
Amsterdam

Asia -

Shanghai
Beijing
Nanjing
Wuhan
Hangzhou
Ningbo
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2018, 2:38 PM
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I haven't ridden it in years, and I hear it's gotten (much) worse, but my favorite for just its cleanliness - like, physically clean inside and out, and the architecture - was Washington's.
It's cleaner than ever. The problems are if you want to ride it at nighttime or on weekends, trains don't come often enough.
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Favorites are bolded.

America
NYC
SF
Boston
Chicago
LA
San Jose
Seattle
Portland
New Orleans

Asia
Taipei
Singapore
Seoul
HK
Tokyo
Kyoto
Guangzhou
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I've been on a number of metros in Asia, Europe and North America, and I'm not about to list them all.

But the ones that stick out for me:

Paris' Metro. The smell of burning rubber from some of the lines' rubber-tired wheels. Also, the stench of humanity on a crowded Paris metro because there was no A/C, and it was in the summer.

Stockholms tunnelbana. Great station artwork. And, the trains run on the left, even though street traffic runs on the right---apparently a holdover from when Swedes used to drive on the left prior to 1967. And there was something I found pleasant about the automated station announcements... Apparently some other trains in Europe also run on the left even though they drive autos on the right. Odd. But I guess it could be due to their also switching over to driving on the right, but the trains remained running on the left...

Manila's LRT. Definitely a lot faster than sitting in traffic, though you don't get the same communal spirit that you do when riding in a Jeepney. And it's entirely elevated, so you get to zip by and see views of the traffic jams, billboards, and some of the squalor.

Los Angeles' Metro Rail. What can I say, it's my home town. And many people are still surprised that LA has a rail system. The commuter rail, Metrolink, is also quite convenient---all day weekend day passes for only 10 bucks. You can literally take it directly to the beach at San Clemente.
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What did you find confusing about the Underground? I remember my first time using the system alone many years ago that the maps made it very easy to figure out where I was going and how to get there.
I think it's the exits if you take the wrong one you are nowhere near where you thought you would be, I found myself having to go back and find the right exit a few times. But other than that it was easy.
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