Bus versus train for mass transport

Bus versus train for mass transport
The bus and train have been with us for a long time and we can say that they are fairly even in terms of service to the public. But with the growing traffic every day, one or the other should go according to studies on the urban problem of mass transportation. If a vote would be taken which would you prefer to stay, the bus or the train? For me, the train is much better for mass transport as I had seen its efficiency in Hongkong, Singapore and Japan. Their trains can move hordes of people that would need hundreds of buses to do. And the train doesn’t have traffic so the movement is smooth and regular. That means goodbye to buses? I hope so.


Hi Corzhens, well I would choose the train for sure, it would take longer to reach my destination than traveling with a bus, still, I prefer the train because as you said the movement is smooth and regular, besides you can buy something to eat or drink while traveling with a train, you can't do that in a bus!
Posted by wallet on 06-30-2017
The trains here are only for short distance and inside the city. We don’t have the trains for the long trip to the faraway provinces like the one that we took in Osaka when we went to Kyoto. That more than an hour of train ride was amazing because of the views that we saw and also the speed of the train was consistent that we didn’t get bored. I hope we could have trains for long trips because it is safer than taking the bus.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-03-2018
Train for sure. Train carried more people than bus and it is also faster then bus, therefore, train is the most preferable way for mass transport. Furthermore, your movement inside the bus is restricted but you can walk down the isle inside the movie train. Likewise there is a food service inside train. When on bus you have to stop at some eatery.
Posted by vinaya on 06-30-2017
When I lived in New York City I had the option for either so I suppose my opinion is based on experience. Overall I'd say that trains are definitely the superior option. For one thing, they're more dependable when it comes to getting you from point A to point B. Well, in general anyway. I can't speak for the MTA really. The lack of traffic is really helpful when it comes to speed and efficiency as well.

The wait times tend to be far better with trains too. Waiting for a bus could take upwards of half an hour while waiting for a train typically took no longer than 10 minutes. It was generally just a faster way of getting around.
Posted by Denis_P on 06-30-2017
It will never mean goodbye to buses or any kind of automobile. They are here to stay. They may change to be electrical or hovercraft but we will always have buses and cars. Trains are better because they are cleaner and faster but a bus can get you closer to where you want to go. A bus is also good for short distances.
Posted by JMS on 06-30-2017
It would really depend on where I was going, but I think I'd prefer a bus to travel short distances, and train to travel long distances. The thing about trains is that the ones I've had experience with in Japan tend to be crowded and uncomfortable if you're traveling near Tokyo. So unless you upscale to a nicer, more expensive train with your own compartments and seating, you're in for a rather uncomfortable ride (especially for someone who is not used to public transit like myself).
Posted by TheArticulate on 06-30-2017
In Malaysia, the public transport are buses and taxis, not the train. Train is considered as a quick transport to Singapore or long distance destination. Only public buses where passengers had to squeeze into the bus is the cheapest transport for the working adults. Taxis are luxury transport where passengers had to pay as according to the meter installed that track the KM ( kilometer) journey. I prefer travelling by my hubby's car. After I was married, I had never travel by bus nor taxi anymore. Goodbye to squeezing nightmare and touching bums too.
Posted by peachpurple on 06-30-2017
I like train. Its faster. I'm from the Philippines, and if your gonna use the bus as your mode of transportation, it's either you leave home 3 hours ahead of yor clock in time or be late... Always late...
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-30-2017
I think both have a place, because some people need buses if they live in rural areas and people can opt for trains if they are in a hurry. I feel they need to run together because there will be traffic jams, or trains will break down so both modes should work together to cover all areas so people don't need to rely on cars to get around.
Posted by Alexa on 06-30-2017
I think both has its perks. For long distance travels, I'd never go on a bus if I could just hop on a train instead. A train would give me faster travel time compared to a bus, and with convenience too at times since if I want to travel long distance by bus, I usually have to take multiple buses to get where I'm going to. But on short distance traveling, I'd always prefer going on a bus instead so I wouldn't have to go to the train station and just wait in the nearest bus stop.
Posted by arachnophobik on 06-30-2017
Trains are the best outcome; they are faster, more efficient and provide less contamination to the atmosphere. While it is true that buses are perfect for people living in far away areas, for me the ideal solution would be to interconnect the world through trains, and leave the bus only for really short distances within cities or towns.
Posted by VintageRose on 06-30-2017
It depends on the distance. I feel like for shorter distances or around town buses are the perfect thing. I often rode it to school and to a friend that lives an hour away from me.

But if you mean what I prefer for long distance traveling (hours and hours) then the train is way better. The train is just more comfortable. The chairs or the cabins are pretty nice even on the cheaper trains. I have traveled by train a lot when I was having courses in another city and it wasn't bad at all. The train usually doesn't have as much delay as the bus does and it isn't as bumpy so I often even managed to fall asleep. Plus like you have said, for mass transportation, the train is the best since it can drive more people.
Posted by Mehano on 07-01-2017
Hello Corzhens Have a wonderful day.

You said true but on these area- on the Bengali states Bus has been used for the last 45 years as a mass transportation. Because here the peoples and countries are poor and for that reason here bus has been using. Recently the Government has been taking initiative step for Sky rail or for the capital rounded rail.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 07-01-2017
Where I live, it is not common to commute via train. Some do, but getting to the train is a longs way to go! Most people carpool or take the bus, or take services like Lyft and Uber. However, majority use their own transportation by car or bike.
Posted by simplym on 07-01-2017
Traffic is very bad here in my country, Taking the bus would add more time to your travel time, while train on the other side, many people know that traffic is bad so they take the train, and now the problem with trains is it's overcrowded. I take the train, since it's travel time is shorter than taking a bus.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 07-02-2017
Jonathan Solomon
In this discussion, I'd have to go with the train! I personally find the train way more efficient and on time as a means of mass transportation on a daily basis. I've also had consistently bad experiences on the bus as public transport. From unsanitary environments to poor customer service. It's turned me off in using the bus service system. It could just be better overall.

The city I live in, traffic isn't bad. But the train network just seems more practical all round, generally speaking.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 07-02-2017
Definitely gonna have to go with the train on this one. It's just a much faster way to go across the city, rather than going on a bus. A bus just takes too long to get to where you want to go because of traffic.
Posted by Okaviator on 07-02-2017
I suppose it depends on the distance you would be traveling. For short journeys, a bus might be best and cost you less. If it's a long journey a train would be better. It wouldn't make as many stops as a bus and would get you to your destination much quicker. Well worth the price I'd say.
Posted by Lizzyib on 07-04-2017
I like trains. They are more fun, and faster than buses. I especially like commuter trains as they enable you to get around the city faster and easier than conventional buses, cars or even walking. give me train travel over bus travel anytime really.
Posted by kgord on 07-05-2017
I would prefer train, as the traffic is quite bad in my city, taking bus can be trapped in the traffic jam almost all the time. Moreover, it's not so comfortable to sit in the bus. Moreover, the bus here always doesn't follow the schedule, hence it's difficult to catch any bus on time, or we have to wait very long for the next one. The train system is more established here.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-05-2017
I'd like to take a train, but I also live in the US. Given the nature of Amtrak and how freight trains take priority over Amtrak's services, I question whether or not it'd really be a steady method. I've never lived in any city or country that has an established train system otherwise, and thus cannot judge how they'd compare to a bus, because the option... isn't really there, honestly.
Posted by Linen on 07-05-2017
Of course both have their place when it comes to transportation. I will explain what I mean, for human transportation alone basically I prefer bus. This is for obvious reason, bus move faster than train and it could stops at many designated bust stops than train and yet could convey large number of people although not as much as train. But when we mean mass in terms heavy weight or load, then train comes to play. Although it might be slower but it will perfect for such movement.
Posted by Laiportal on 07-16-2017
I just got off of a 17 hour bus ride back to Georgia from New York. I took the train up there, and I can definitely say that the train is one hundred per cent superior to riding the bus. It is so much more comfortable, and it does not bang you up so much while you are trying to sleep. I had a table to do my work on, although the wifi was in and out, and I had a window seat to watch America fly by me with awesome scenery. There was a dining and cafe car, which was also very nice. The bus home, however, was nowhere near as enjoyable.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-17-2017
I prefer train, but the availability of area always the common problem to us. Because, train usually don't pass by to my home. I usually get in the bus, because I could feel more efficiency, if I take a train here, my problems always to the people. I don't like standing with crowded people, while very from work, just to stand whole 2 hrs travel. Maybe, bus one day might out-date one day, because incoming innovation would replace those fella.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-28-2017
I would always go for the bus type of transportation considering the bad state of the railway system in Nigeria. It is true that trains can convey a larger number of people from one place to another but since we have few of those trains here as well as looking at how the railway system is being run in Nigeria, I don't see the rail transport system taking control anytime soon. People that go for long distances in Nigeria uses the big mass transit bus for their journey not because it is cheaper, but for the fact that it is the easier way of travelling compared to what we have with train or the aviation sector.

I travel by buses as well to save cost and also to reach my destination on time unlike what we have with trains that, although cheaper than using buses to travel, but takes a longer period of time to reach your destination.
Posted by Barida on 09-04-2017
Since the train has more advantages to convey people to their destination, i mean it has the ability to transport lots of people at a time than the buses do and it has low accident rate. The train will be the best mass transport to use to reduce traffic in urban areas.
Posted by babyright on 09-19-2017
Considering the situation of railway station and constructions in Nigeria, I think it would be probably normal to go with bus as a means of transportation looking at ones safety and health. If the rails had been in a good condition and well maintained and managed, I would easily without stress pick trains over buses because it's quite cheaper and even faster than bus in its mobility.

But since the railways aren't that good, there is no need crying over spilled milk, I would be forced to make do with what is obtainable in the current economic status of my state. Our buses are quite good, they can take to anywhere your choose to go for an affordable price which I believe any average person in our society today can afford.

The only problem that I have with bus transportation is traffic, I hate being held up in traffic and there is no way you can avoid this traveling with a public bus. Sometimes I feel like crying while stucked in serious traffic, I mostly try to avoid this by moving out very early in the morning and coming back quite late at night so that the number of vehicles on the road would drastically reduce, therefore making the road more free.
Posted by Heatman on 09-21-2017
In my twenty-two years of existence, I never had a chance to ride a train. I've been wanting to ride this kind of transportation. I believe that train is the best vehicle for mass transportation compared to busses. Busses are too small compared to train, so there's no doubt that everyone would choose the train.
Posted by DanoCath on 10-16-2017
I have to say that I would prefer to ride a train much more than I would ride a bus. Busses consume lots of fuel and are extremely inefficient because they need to stop every 5 minutes and take long tours around town. Trains are simply more economic and more efficient
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-16-2017
I believe the train is economical, effective and efficient for public transportation.The fee is cheap enough and it can carry so many people at a time unlike buses that carry few people.The train doesn't drop people by one after the other which consumes time, it moves straight up to the train station which I like.
Posted by lovely on 12-02-2017
Well I'll for the train. fast, much more cheaper, and less traffic, but the problem is what if your destination is just two blocks from your place? So it's up to your destination. I love to ride bus going back home even during heavy traffic, because I'm able to sleep while traveling, Bus for me is the best place to sleep, I don't know why, but I sleep more in to the bus than to my own bed.
Posted by ion on 03-01-2018
Train for me just because of the fast travel time and convenience. Also trains are the best transportation for me because it avoids traffic and helps in congestion and pollution at the same time. A great way to contribute in the well being of our environment.
Posted by fishbate on 04-18-2018
I haven't ridden a train before. So I will go with the bus, since I saw a lot of pictures about over loading in trains.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-07-2018
I am a commuter and so I ride on a bus and sometimes train. The good thing about trains is there's no traffic especially here in the Philippines where traffic is the most chronic problem of the economy and it's been how many years but there's still no effective solution that the government have made. What my father does is he ride using bicycle on the way to his work so he could get pass other vegickes even if it's traffic but we're still worried because riding a bike is dangerous especially when there's no much bike lanes here. My mother and I have experienced being hit by cars before while in a bike which is a terrifying experience.
Posted by agbuyarashel on 11-26-2018