While it may have the occasional naked dude or pooping granny, Hong Kong’s public transportation network is a modern marvel. No wonder that it’s been ranked yet again as the world’s best.
In the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index, published by design, engineering and consultancy group Arcadis, experts looked at the overall performance of transport systems in 100 different cities around the world, judging each based on 23 indicators, divided into three broad categories: people (safety, access, ridership, upkeep), planet (environmental record, congestion, delays, biking infrastructure, air pollution) and profit (public finance, affordability, economic health).
Unsurprisingly, Hong Kong came out on top, followed by Zurich, Paris, Seoul and Prague. Despite being one of the most densely populated places on the planet, the former British colony manages to provide efficient transport for its more than 7 million people with a highly-regarded MTR, not to mention buses, ferries and a nice airport.
As you’d expect, European cities took up most of the spots at the top part of the list, farther down were North American cities, while African cities were at the bottom. However, China performed reasonably well in the report with a number of cities registering high scores apart from Hong Kong:
If the survey had only factored in the number of perverts present on public transport, then Chinese cities’ rankings could have been even higher.
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