I began this lesson by thinking about what public transport is. We focused on mass transit that the public has access to, that travels along a fixed route, and that runs to a timetable.
Next, students brainstormed ideas for different forms of public transport using this handout (not public transports – it’s an uncountable noun).
We discussed these in our feedback session, and grouped some together:
- metro (subway)
- tram (streetcar)
- light rail
- commuter train
- intercity train
- express train
- high-speed train
- funicular (cable railway)
- people mover
- commuter ferry
- water bus
We added gondolas and cable cars to the list, which run as public transport in some parts of the world.
We also considered taxis and bicycles – they’re certainly forms of transport that the public has access to, but do they count as public transport?
In Seoul (and may other cities around the world) there is a popular public bike rental scheme, though this is classed as a bicycle sharing system. As for taxis, perhaps these complement public transport (although it may depend where you’re from!)