Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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.

Public transportation jeepney on a dusty road in Philippines

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

Photo by Pat Roque/AP.

Trains of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

Most of those people are travelling ticketless, of course.

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Rush hour in Taipei, 2009

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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Overloaded buses in India

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(via Photography Sites and Michael Chambon)

A colorful bus in Pakistan

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by Pavel Rahman/AP)

Local people on a motorcycle cart, 2006

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by Heng Sinith/AP)

Ferry crosses the river Dhaira in Bangladesh

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by Pavel Rahman/AP)

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by Pat Roque/AP)

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

(Photo by A.M. Ahad/AP)

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

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

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