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Monday, April 7, 2014

It's dark, the platform is cramped, everyone is sweaty and you don't have cell service. For many of us, subway systems don't exactly sound like the most exciting tourist destination.

Nonetheless, thousands of users on networks like Yelp and TripAdvisor log on to rate and review the pros and cons of the world's metros every day. Their findings will at once disturb, humor and guide you during your next public transportation journey.

Looking at 10 of the world's largest and most well-known systems, it becomes clear that traveling communities cannot agree whether certain subways are the saving grace or utter downfall of their host city. The reviews serve as a reminder that everything has its ups and downs, and sometimes those downs involve "permanent crap stains" and rats the size of small dogs.

Check out our interactive map below and see if you agree with the public transportation enthusiasts of the Internet. (See the website for the interactive map and description of the subway sytems.)

Peggy Drouet: But the list is the following:

1. New York City Subway.
2. San Francisco BART.
3. Washington, D.C. Metrorail.
4. Moscow Metro.
5. The London Tube.
6. Stockholm Tunnelbana.
7.  Paris Metro.
8. Tokyo Metro.
9. Seoul Metropolitan Subway.
10. Madrid Metro.

I've been on nos. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10. Of these 10, my no. 1 vote would go the Tokyo Metro for ease of use and to the Moscow Metro for its artwork. I would easily take off the Madrid Metro from the list--I was surrounded by a band of gypsies trying to pickpocket me on it and have also heard similar stories from other travelers. I would also add the Singapore Metro and the Dubai Metro--both are very modern, clean, and take you to where you want to go. I would not include the Los Angeles Metro, the one in my area. Many of its subway cars look like they haven't been washed for a lengthy time, all the platforms are open to the tracks, and though there is some good artwork at the stations, much more is needed.