One article on Brazil's protests offers an instructive insight.
"Economically, things got better. We can buy a car on credit. But the hospitals and schools are terrible. A rich country is not one where everybody has a car but rather one in which a rich man takes the bus," said one young female protester in Brasilia who did not want to give her name.
I don't know how many rich people ride the commuter trains in the USA (the Acela Expresses, yes). Chicago's Metra knows where the rich people live.  It is no accident that the Milwaukee Division, er, UP North Line still has a subscription parlor car, and that some rush-hour trains to the Land of the Burlingtons are first stop Highlands.

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