Public transportation is any transportation service that is available to, and shared by, large numbers of people.The most popular forms of public transportation are bus, ferry, rail, and metro. Many urban areas have more than one public transportation system, creating an interconnected network.Use this GeoStory to explore a few public transportation systems around the world.“Questions” in the following tab can guide students in thinking about public transportation in their own communities.
Why do you think public transportation systems are more popular in urban areas than rural areas?
Why do you think buses are a much more common form of public transportation than metros?
If your community does not have a public transportation system, do you think it would be a good idea? Why or why not?
If you think it would be a good idea, what public transportation system (bus, ferry, train, or metro) do you think would be most useful? Why?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ferry Noun
boat or ship that transports people, cargo, and goods across a waterway.
connected with one another.
metro noun, adjective
subway or train used for public transportation.
series of links along which movement or communication can take place.
public transportation Noun
methods of movement that are available to all community members for a fee, and which follow a fixed route and schedule: buses, subways, trains and ferries.
underground railway; a popular form of public transportation in large urban areas.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.
urban area Noun
developed, densely populated area where most inhabitants have nonagricultural jobs.
Encyclopedic Entry: urban area