has the most unreliable subway system I have ever encountered.
The same goes for their interstate rail system (Amtrak), as well as
local and long distance bus service. I know more than thirty people
who have retired early because they were fed-up with being late to work because of the abominable public transportation system.
To go from Columbus, OH to DC you have to take a Greyhound bus for several hours to Pittsburgh before getting on Amtrak.
Comparing these state by state percentages with Europe is not particularly informative, except for the states that are as densely populated as European countries are. City to city comparisons would be more meaningful and certainly the transit systems that do make sense deserve proper funding.
Another factor is American car culture. Germans invented the automobile but Henry Ford made them something that everyone could afford, and Americans quickly fell in love with cars... which made sense practically on their less aged and densely populated continent. American cities are more modern and built more with cars in mind. Moreover, the suburbs, which started growing...
There are other factors, too, like different politics. But mostly it's just the growth and entrenchment of US car culture in the 20th century for very explicable reasons.
It's just different from what you are used to.
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