That is a very interesting question. What seems to set New York City’s public transit apart from others is that most of it started off being managed by private companies rather than the government. Because public transit was run by private companies, it was more efficient. It seems like some other cities like San Francisco, for instance, has their transit run by the government and seems to be one that is less efficient than NYC’s transit system.
To add to Patricia’s answer, New York City currently has more people living in it than the total population of 39 US states. For over 8 million people to live and work together efficiently, there has to be more options available than cars and a few buses. The city’s success in the 1830s depended on getting people to the city from farmlands and villages some distance away. Ever since, it was a sort of necessary partnership. As the city expands, so do transportation demands.
New York City is a city built towards the sky rather than across the grounds. Streets become pedestrian-friendly because restaurants, housing, stores, gardens, commercial buildings, and other facilities are right next to each other, making it easy for people to walk or travel to those destinations and creating busy, often crowded streets. Wide sidewalks, high street lamps, intricate buildings, aesthetic plantings, and other decorative parts make streets more pleasing to walk on. It is designed in a way where pedestrians are more important than any other moving device.
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