London on the rails: Tube voted world's best transport
How do you create the world's best public transport? Well, you start with a system that has no air conditioning, has been bombed, costs too much, and doesn't run past 1am. Sound ideal to you? Well, it is according to TripAdvisor.com users, who voted the London transport system the best in the world. It might be the tourist angle--your average tourist probably isn't going to use the tube at weird hours or be in London long enough to experience the inefficiencies of the system. Still, it seems strange that a system that I've heard so much negative info about should score the top spot (which one of us can't conjure images of the 2005 tube bombings?).
Our resident traveler, jordan, tells me that the London tube system has basically been "carved up" into semi-privatized chunks (though it's still governed by a larger body). This has made the system far less effective, on the whole, than this survey would have you believe. What's the real story here, I wonder? Are they just trying to sell London travel packages? Or is this the real deal?
It's hard to find much info about their survey practices, but a quick look at TripAdvisor's about page reveals that the company, which touts itself as a people-powered, travel opinion site, is actually a subsidiary of travel sales site Expedia.com.
New York City's transit system was voted second in the poll.
World travellers have voted London the best city for public transport, for the second year running.
London also topped the poll, by holiday review site TripAdvisor, for having the safest public transport, best subway or Metro system, and the best taxis.