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10 Iconic American Public-Transit Rides

(Photo: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Shutterstock)
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Certain public-transit rides offer a lot more than plain conveyance. Great scenery, technological innovation, and historical significance await on ferries and funiculars around the U.S. The following are some of the most enjoyable and interesting public-transit offerings in the country. Our list is confined to public-transit systems, including bus, metro, and suburban rail, used primarily by local residents. (We exclude the many short legacy streetcar lines that have been developed in recent years primarily for sightseeing.) This east-to-west list is bookmarked by two systems known to much of the civilized world, but it includes a few surprises, too.

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