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Millions of people around the world can relate to the daily commute. But what is it like to get to work in Beijing? How regularly do the tubes run in London? Do people know about the women’s-only carriages in New Delhi? Here's a look at what public transportation looks like around the world — and how it compares to D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 

The Washington Post's Lori Aratani travels from our headquarters in downtown D.C. on the Metro, which is currently undergoing a massive rehab program called SafeTrack. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)

The Post's local transportation reporter Lori Aratani and social editor Tauhid Chappell took us through an evening commute in Washington D.C., where the system is undergoing a major maintenance project called SafeTrack.

SafeTrack is intended to address 40 years of neglect, and the project affects hundreds of thousands of commuters every day as portions of the system experience severely reduced service or are shut down.

Luckily, the route that Lori and Tauhid took was not under repair, and their commute was relatively smooth; it took about 20 minutes total from start to finish.

What makes the D.C. Metro "unique?" There's a very strict "no drinking, no eating" rule — that we admit is often ignored. Still, you can be ticketed if caught, so remember that if you ever visit!


 

TOKYO

The Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield travels by subway in the sprawling metropolis. (TWP)

The Post's Anna Fifield showed us what a commute looks like in Tokyo, where the subway system is known as one of the most efficient in the world.

The Tokyo subway network is much bigger and much more complicated than any in the United States, but with subway apps and the Japanese equivalent of a SmarTrip card, it’s pretty easy to master. There are even lockers where you can leave your personal belongings.

Anna's snap story showcases how clean and safe the Tokyo metro is, with many young children using the subway independently. As the global Snapchat commute series continues, it will be interesting to see how the transportation methods in other cities compare with the cleanliness and quiet of Tokyo's carriages.


LONDON

Washington Post reporter Karla Adam gets travels by double-decker bus and uses the tube in London. (TWP)

The Post's Karla Adam takes us on a ride across the capital using one of London's iconic double-decker red buses and the tube. Karla's route includes a rogue pigeon.

Along with "Mind the gap," "Tap in, tap out" is perhaps one of the most commonly used phrases in London. Commuters are frequently reminded to tap out at every station. Contactless payment is also available on the underground. Passengers simply tap their bank card on the gate to gain platform access. This saves time and allows people to commute without the hassle of queuing to add value to their travel card. Commuting in London is expensive, more than in most other cities. A monthly pass covering all zones costs the equivalent of more than $400.

Karla's Snapchat footage of  London's escalator etiquette perfectly captures the "Stand on the right, walk on the left" rule — the British like to commute in a very particular way.


EAST LONDON

The Washington Post's Jennifer Hassan travels from the outskirts of the city to the former industrial borough. (Jennifer Hassan/The Washington Post)

The Post's Jennifer Hassan took us with her as she made her way through Walthamstow to a meeting in London’s Liverpool Street. Jennifer’s journey includes a tired pug and inspirational graffiti. As well as a bustling underground tube service, London also has an Overground railway serving most areas of the capital.

According to TFL, around a third of all Londoners are within walking distance of an Overground station. Overground trains do not run as frequently as the tube. There’s often a 10-15 minute wait between trains, and their cars become full very quickly, especially during ‘rush hour.’ London’s Night Tube service is set to launch in the summer and could include Overground trains by 2017.


BEIJING

Washington Post reporter Emily Rauhala and researcher Gu Jinglu making their way to The Post's Beijing bureau, but first a stop for a dumpling breakfast. (TWP)

As the folks from the Beijing bureau, including correspondent Emily Rauhala, make their way to work, their route happens to include a cute baby and dumplings.

Fried food aside, the most notable difference between Beijing's subway system and London's is that Emily's Snapchat story showcases a security guard in Beijing checking the luggage of passengers. This is something that has been considered in London amid terrorism fears but never implemented.


PARIS

Washington Post reporter James McCauley hits the streets of Paris for his morning commute. (TWP)

Washington Post reporter James McAuley hits the streets of Paris for his morning commute. James uses the metro and city bike share to get around easily — but first, coffee.

The Paris Metro is one of the busiest in the world with over 300 stations and 14 lines. Ticket inspectors regularly patrol the carriages A single ticket costs 1.80 euros ($2.04). Parts of the Metro were recently forced to close because of heavy rain and flooding across the capital.


DELHI

The Washington Post's Pragya Krishna, from the New Delhi bureau, shows us her morning commute. Her journey involves rides on an Uber, Metro and auto-rickshaw. (TWP)

Washington Post intern Pragya Krishna, from the New Delhi bureau, shows us her morning commute. Her journey involves three parts: an Uber, Metro ride and auto-rickshaw.

Pragya’s journey offers us a glimpse into the women-only coaches in New Delhi. These are denoted by a large pink sign.

Other countries with women-only coaches include Egypt, Iran, Japan and Brazil. Sex-segregated carriages are used as a means to help combat sexual harassment and assault, but the measures are controversial. The idea was seriously debated in Britain last year but received major backlash, with anti-sexism groups arguing that women should not have to be segregated  to stay safe.


MOSCOW

The Washington Post's Andrew Roth travels to the Moscow bureau from his apartment. Jump on a bus and ride the Moscow Metro. (TWP)

The Post's Andrew Roth takes us with him on a 45-minute journey from home to the bureau. Andrew’s commute begins with a walk through the pretty paths of the Old Soviet Artist Colony. He then relies on a reliable mobile phone app to inform him of when the next bus to the local Metro station is due.

Perhaps the most striking detail of Andrew’s journey to work is how beautiful Moscow’s underground stations are. Despite transporting millions of people every day, Barricade station appears clean, with beautiful art and low-hanging lights — and no sign of the graffiti or litter that other cities are challenged to control.

With just 1 minute and 30 seconds between trains, striking architecture and free Wi-Fi, Andrew’s commute is stress-free — no D.C. Metro madness here.


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