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Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Ca

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From time.com:

Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Cambodia

 

Roth Puthy doesn’t have a plane ticket or a suitcase. Nor does she intend on catching a flight. But on a recent Sunday afternoon, she boarded Cambodia’s new airport shuttle train anyway — just for fun.

 

Seated among tourists in flip-flops and briefcase-toting foreign investors, Cambodian teenagers and families seek respite from 90 degree-plus temperatures. In a city sorely lacking in public space, the air-conditioned train, which is free to ride until August, offers a rare retreat.

 

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So Cambodia now has a one car, locomotive pulled street runner airport shuttle train that some people ride for the air conditioning? Never heard of anything like it. :huh:

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It isn't just in Cambodia that people ride a public Transit for air conditioning. In first world countries like the United States I've used buses where that occurs.

 

When I asked the bus driver on a NJ Transit bus in Atlantic City why so many people stayed on at the end of the line her answer was that "A lot of people are poor and can't afford an air conditioning unit. So on days with temperatures in the 90s a lot of people ride the bus to escape the heat. It's down right shameful that in a first world country we can't take care of our people better. Air conditioning isn't a right it is a privilege.

 

However that being said we should raise minimum wages to a level where people can buy it if they want it, along with healthcare, and other basics of life.

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