Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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Overcrowded public transit systems are a fact of daily life around the world. But in many Asian countries, dealing with them has become something of an art form. In these photos, you'll see the creative ways that people cope with crowding on buses, trains, boats, and more.

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Public transportation jeepney on a dusty road in Philippines

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Trains of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

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Most of those people are travelling ticketless, of course.

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Railway stations of Japan during the rush hours – with pushers (oshiyas)

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They also do the work of a puller-off (hagashiya), pulling off passengers who try to get on too late, or when the train is over the critical capacity.

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Millions of bikes and scooters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Commuters with bicycles, electric bikes and mopeds in Shanghai, 2008

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Rush hour in Taipei, 2009

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Overloaded buses in India

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A colorful bus in Pakistan

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Hundreds of cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and bikes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1999

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(Photo by Pavel Rahman/AP)

Local people on a motorcycle cart, 2006

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Ferry crosses the river Dhaira in Bangladesh

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The whole family is on a motorized tricycle, Manila, Philippines

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An overloaded boat with mostly garment workers during a nationwide strike on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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A Jeep in Bagan with only 25-30 people, Burma

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DISCUSSION

Robot Downey Junior

I love trying to cross the road in busy Asian cities... takes a while to get the knack but rather than wait for the gap in traffic (there never is one!) you just need to walk out into the morass of scooters, they (usually) move around you like water around a rock. We even did it once in Saigon (heavily intoxicated) with our eyes closed. You honestly don't need to even look, just walk.