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Australia's public transport systems have come up short in global rankings, with just one major city making a list of the ten best performers for speed and cohesion.
Melbourne's public transport system won out when compared to major Australian cities. (AAP)Melbourne scraped in at 10 on the Polytechnic University of Turin's study of the fastest and most sluggish public transport services in major cities around the world.
European cities were the clear winners with Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Athens making up the five. The only cities outside Europe that made the top ten were New York at eight and Melbourne.
These are the top 10 cities with the fastest public transport systems. (9News)
The researchers looked at three main factors; average velocity, city sociality and city cohesion.
Equations for all three were calculated and accounted for all factors including population size, average commute distance and population density.
A train breakdown at Town Hall station in Sydney on Friday August 23, 2019 caused major delays and commuter chaos on the network. (AAP)For Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney had the fastest speeds, averaging about 4.5km/h, while commuters in Brisbane moved at 3.5km/h, the study found.
City sociality ranked how many people you could meet on a typical daily trip. Sydney ranked the highest while Brisbane was the lowest.
Researchers also looked at what fraction of the population can be reached by a typical trip. Among Australian cities, Adelaide came out on top.
The study comes as Sydney yesterday started its first daytime Light Rail tests, with the first tram travelling the length of George Street from Central Station to Circular Quay in daylight hours.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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