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Public transportation is a technique for improving government employment statistics. The more direct benefit is the employment of bus drivers, administrative staff. Since Public Transport is slower than other popular forms of transport, such as walking, swimming and helicopter it also reduces the amount of free time for the average worker. Since each worker works fewer hours per week, more are required (see France and their 35 minute working week). The first Land's End to John 'o' Grotes journey by local bus began in 1930 and is expected to be completed in the next decade.
It also contributes to air pollution in cities and to discouraging walking and cycling. This reduces life expectancy during next government's rule so as to look favourable in comparison and be voted again. By supplementing the existing congestion, it reduces the fuel efficiency of private cars which increases revenue via fuel taxation.
Public transportation makes it possible for people to travel without paying for their own car and gasoline. Public transportation is, therefore, a crime against the DMCA and should, according to some experts, be considered Unamerican.
In some countries, mostly those in the third world that do not need to support oil companies and car manufacturers, public transportation is (unlike in USA) not given the role of giving the homeless a place to urinate. This is why the streets of France run yellow with pee.
It is important to realize that not all societies can accept a system where even the suburbs of large metropolitan areas are served by a network of bus traffic and subway systems. Quite the contrary; when such a system makes it possible for people to travel, and have shelter, in a relatively cheap and efficient way, the economic implications are too terrible to consider (again, see France). To protect the economy, all civilized nations that have been forced by Communist infiltrators to implement public transportation systems ensure that the physical infrastructure of the transportation facilities is made painful to use, and reinforce the inconvenience with extensive mind control radiation and terrorism threats.
The term transportation comes from the ancient practice of throwing trannies into doors ("portus"). The basic idea, back in the Iron Age, had been to expel them from one's building. Trannies looked weird, and scared off customers, in those days, so the bouncers threw the trannies out the door. This was known as "portating the trans-sexual", which became shortened over time to "trans-portation".
In later years, people applied the word to the tossing out of anyone from a building, and then to the sending of a person from one building to another. Now, of course, it just means moving from point A to point B, the chucking of transsexuals out the door having fortunately died out.
edit Mind Control and Public Transportation
The traditional means of placing advertisements in public areas was proven by Oscar Wilde to be not effective enough to make up to the economical loss of people not consuming any products while traveling. Only in the last decade or so telecommunication devices have slowly made it possible for people to consume while sitting on a subway train.
This consumption is usually consisting of the travelers making phone calls or browsing the Intarweb on their cell phones or listening to music or ebooks purchased from the iTunes music store on iPods. This change has been welcomed by environmentalists who previously have insisted that the consequences of having large percentages of the populations of major cities sitting in their own vehicles in traffic jams for hours with the engines running (thus consuming at least some gasoline) not being acceptable.
edit How to use public transportation
Welcome to the fine world of public transportation. The first step to enjoying this service is to go to a designated station. These stations can be found in the most inconvenient places possible. Some of the larger stations feature a hot dog stand but mostly you must be content with a half-roofed shelter. You would have noticed at least one sheet of broken glass. These art exhibitions are donated by the local homies and assure you of the station's credibility. It is a requirement for you to scratch your name into the station somewhere so the government knows who to overtax for your unpatriotism.
Then you must wait for the bus/train/whatever. Depending on your luck you will have to wait anywhere between 10 minutes and 3 weeks. The public transport company decides when to send trains down the track while sitting in their office. This depends on whether or not they have hired anybody. If they have hired someone, which is rare, then they let him go. The length of time this temp has spent on the job then becomes the length of time between trains. If they have not hired somebody, which is the usual case, they use the magic 8 ball to decide when to send trains and what tracks to send them down, due to the incredibly low budget.
While on the train or bus, you must pay the bus driver 7 cents. finding the bus driver is quite tricky as he looks very similar to the rest of the passengers on the bus (especially the bums). He will be drunk, have 4 teeth, 5 words of English and half his lunch down his shirt. However, unlike the rest of his passengers, he has not yet accepted that driving is beyond his mental capabilities, and will most likely be at the front of the bus, talking to one of his few, unfortunate friends on his cell phone. Many bums live on public transport. They are usually asleep. It is best if you don't wake them up. If they ask you for money, don't give them any. They will identify you as a easy target and never stop following you. Bums can be identified as follows: smelly clothes, torn clothes, missing half of his or her teeth, and always asking for money (or sleeping on cardboard).
It is recommended that you hold onto the seats as tight as posable as using seatbelts is strictly prohibited on the bus. Do not wear your best trousers on the bus/train. All the seats are coated with a thick layer of piss and chewing gum in order to deter the homeless from eating them. Do not sit at the back of the bus or train unless you are a bogan or wish to be beaten up by them or worse, mistaken as one and be forced to listen to AC/DC and have a conversation about beer using a limit of 5 different words. It is against the law to speak to anyone on public transport. This gives extra time for the users of public transport to stew in their sorrow and hopefully die of cholera.
edit Recent legal battles
During the early 00s large American companies like General Motors and Ford have with some success lobbyed against laws making it legal for car owners living in communities offering public transportation to do some travelling with vehicles not owned by themselves.
Legalisation of driving free days is still a controversial political issue in parts of the western world, due to the common fear of that some people might forget how to drive safely if not praticing to improve their driving skills every day. This particular belief have however been discovered to be an urban legend started by corrupt journalists.
Japan and the Netherlands are in talks with the United States to legalize driving-free days in America, in exchange for the legalization of driving in the first two countries. Toyota was reportedly tired of having to go abroad to sell its cars. (Currently, driving in Japan is mainly allowed in the Barbarian Gaijin Trade Zones by the Shogun. That is, driving is limited to Nagoya and Hokkaido. This was done because Japan Rail East and Japan Rail West have lobbied against allowing driving elsewhere.) In the Netherlands, the roads were turned over to bicycles long ago, and it may be tough to convert them back to car roads.