Companies we love in 8 industries we hate

A trip to the bank doesn't have to be a nightmare. Here are the customer service winners in eight industries that customers hate, from airlines to cable companies.

7. Public transportation

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In addition to its famous pier. Santa Monica, Calif., boasts an award-winning public transit system in the Big Blue Bus line.

Winner: Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, Calif. (2011)

Chances are, you don't love your bus. But  you might be a little closer to liking it if you commute to work via the Big Blue Bus. The American Public Transportation Association doesn’t do customer satisfaction rankings of public transit.  “It would be like ranking your children,” says APTA spokeswoman Virginia Miller. But it does give out an annual special recognition for a well-performing high-volume public transit system (20 million or more trips provided per year). Last year’s winner was Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, Calif. Big Blue Bus, which provides bus services to Santa Monica and western Los Angeles, was rewarded for improving its safety record, adding buses and updating facilities, and increasing ridership even after budget shortfalls.

Source: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

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