Shit Nesrie, must you be so damned dense?
If Butch the biker chick can bench 250 and grind me into sausage between her thighs, Butch the biker chick would make a damn good fireman. Excuse me, fireperson for all you politically correct retards. Butch the biker chick isn't who they're letting in, Sally the swimsuit model is getting in too. She makes the calendars a lot less queer at the end of the year, but she's a really shitty fireman. Sally can't drag her own ass up a ladder in full gear, let alone carry someone else down it because Sally's a girly girl and doesn't have 12 inch biceps. Kinda like I don't have 12 inch biceps.
Having a pecker isn't the requirement for being a fireman, it's being a tough bastard that can throw your oxygen deprived ass over their shoulder and carry you through a window and down a ladder while wearing fifty pounds of gear. Sexism is irrelevant. Traditional roles are irrelevant. It's called reality, check in to it some time.
I'll pass on making a claim that I'm not sexist, I have doubts it would be true as I tend to agree with my mother's views. I can't even figure out why I'm supposed to be discriminating against you because of where your isp is, I don't even know where you live.
Zaisha, I'll assume your information is correct as I can't read any of the applicable languages and information in english is... vague.
Consider the true alternative, not just life without rails. If, in the sixties, rail transport had died out in your country the way it did here, what would have happened?
The idiots in Congress kept Amtrack alive, since they were using it, giving me an excellent dichotomy to view without ever leaving home. In the Amtrack service area, there is massive traffic congestion. The cities are densely populated with little throughput, it can take hours to get out of NYC. The publically supported rail systems that service the city are the only quick method of traveling in NYC proper, road congestion is near absolute at peak traffic near the downtown area and at the major access points. It's a parking lot.
On the east coast, in places like LA, there are intra city transit systems as well, but no subsidized intercity rail system like Amtrak. Intra city traffic congestion is lower, massively, the inter connecting freeways allievate the problem almost entirely. Inter city traffic congestion is minimal. You can drive from one city to the next in a reasonable period of time even during rush hour. You can drive through the city in a reasonable period of time other than rush hour. Parking lots are uncommon.
In Dallas, there is even less of a public system. Short of an accident, the major throughfares through the city rarely slow down to the speed limit. Parking lots are a rare occurance. Road construction is priority one.
In NYC, very few people can afford to have cars. There are no parking spaces in most areas, you basically need your own driver just to have something to do with it while you're doing your business. In LA, cars are common even among people considered below middle class, but traffic congestion in the inner city leads to a large increase in pollution and fuel consumption. In Dallas, the only problem they have is building roads fast enough to keep up with the growth. The relatively small percentage of people unable to afford an automobile have access to an excellent public transit system. In an area that services several million people, daily ridership is under 200k.
Would you rather live in NYC, where people ride the subway to $200k a year office jobs and live in hole in the wall apartments, or Dallas where some of the guys flipping burgers for a living drive Toyota's while still having bigger apartments?