Cities That Don’t Have a Functioning Public Transportation and Where You Should Carpool Instead

October 9, 2018

In larger cities, public transportation is essential for commuting. That doesn’t mean that it’s always effective, cheap or easy, and people are comfortable and have a tendency to prefer their private vehicles when commuting. In order to minimise the carbon footprint and traffic congestion in these cities with faulty public transportation, Passenger encourages ridesharing.


It takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to travel from Blanchardstown to central Dublin by bus, a journey that only takes 20 minutes by car. Naturally, commuting by bus is not appealing as that option takes so much longer. Therefore, people use their private vehicles when going somewhere. However, the resulting traffic in Dublin is also very slow because there are so many vehicles on the roads. Passenger wants people to be able to travel by car, but together. Carpooling allows people to take the shorter transportation alternative, making traffic faster and more productive.

Los Angeles

American public transportation has a lower user rate, fewer service hours and longer waiting times in between trains and buses compared to most developed cities in Europe or Asia¹. Furthermore, Los Angeles is the world’s most congested city, with its population spending an average of 102 hours in congestion during peak hours annually². This is proof that neither public transportation or use of private car is actually sustainable for Los Angeles’s inhabitants. Carpooling with Passenger would significantly decrease the traffic congestion. Additionally, making carpooling a sustainable option in cities where the public transportation doesn’t always work makes the commuting during peak hours for the local inhabitants so much easier.

New Orleans

Commuting in and out of New Orleans is difficult if you don’t live nearby one of the running streetcars. Naturally then, people have no choice but to commute using their private cars, creating intense traffic in and out of the city during peak hours. When the adequate transportation to and from suburbs does not exist, people are forced to use their cars. In these instances, carpooling with Passenger will not only help people that don’t have access to a car, but will also clear the dense traffic.  

Sao Paulo

Public transportation in Sao Paulo, South America’s biggest city, is slow, expensive and crowded. When a bus arrives, although you can never be certain because the timetables are unreliable, it’s probably already overcrowded. Metro or train is guaranteed to be unpleasant during peak hours. In fact, the public transportation is so bad that the locals get a car the first thing they do when they get a hold of some money³. Travelling with Passenger, on the other hand, will always be comfortable. There is a seat available for you, the car is never overcrowded, and your fellow passengers are friendly.


In some cities, public transportation is downright dangerous, where safety is not prioritised. With its 18.5 million inhabitants, commuting during Mumbai’s peak hours are risky. In fact, 25,722 people have fallen off trains in the last 10 years⁴. Furthermore, there have been several reports of drops in oxygen levels, resulting in suffocation, heart attacks and seizures. It’s safe to say that this will not happen when you travel with Passenger. Your security is always of most importance to Passenger.

1. The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster.

2. Los Angeles' notorious traffic problem explained in graphics.

3. The four hour commute: the punishing grind of Sao Paulo's periphery.

4. Mumbai is facing rampant transport issues. And only one thing can solve it.

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