Any man who rides a bus to work after the age of 30 can count himself a failure in life.
---attributed to Margaret Thatcher, former British PM
What will I do for public transport? I will improve the economy so you can find good enough work to be able to afford a car.
---George W Bush, US President, campaign speech
On the other hand, driving a car turns you into an evil motorist as the following video illustrates.
[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZAZ_xu0DCg"]Nice people become Evil Motorists"[/YOUTUBE]
What Margaret and George were trying to elucidate is that public transport is low quality.
We are told that if we don't own a car and take public transport exclusively, we will save a lot of money. But that is only true if your time is worth nothing.
Despite traffic, public transport typically takes 150%-250% as long if you include the walking, time waiting, frequent stopping (schedules are always inconsistent so you need to leave early) etc.
We are told that public transport is so much better for the environment (so long as you aren't trying to breathe behind a fossil fuel powered bus or train).
But none of that overcomes the fact that public transport is so uncomfortable. The seats are uncomfortable (if you are lucky enough to get one), the vibration is immense, there is plenty of noise from rattling interiors etc, even if the other passengers are not annoying. Safety is also a concern, waiting for transport late at night and lack of seatbelts etc.
It's a wonder to me why anyone takes public transport. But if you are unfortunate enough to make the trip, you generally find such people fit in the following categories: poor foreigners, poor students, poor freaks and people who's car has broken down (this list is not mutually exclusive by the way).
I think the only thing that could solve most of these problems is a flexible schedule taxi bus system (think apps on your phone to determine availability/physical arrival times based on GPS and electronic payment).
Perhaps one that works like a flexible car pooling system (and uses high quality minibuses rather than the crap on wheels that we are usually told is a bus).
Note, if you don't have a real location specified when replying, I suggest mentioning which country (or city even) you are referring to in your appraisal.