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Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution qI am proud to call myself a straphanger, q writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflatteringa€”a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get behind the wheel of a car. Indeed, a century of auto-centric culture and city planning has left most of the country with public transportation that is underfunded, ill maintained, and ill conceived. But as the demand for petroleum is fast outpacing the world's supply, a revolution in transportation is under way. Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangersa€”the growing number of people who rely on public transportation to go about the business of their daily lives. On a journey that takes him around the worlda€”from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, BogotAi, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphiaa€”Grescoe profiles public transportation here and abroad, highlighting the people and ideas that may help undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportationa€”and better city livinga€”for all.A 2009 merger between Veolia Transportation and its rival Transdev created the worlda#39;s largest private urban transport company, a $48 ... Las Vegasa#39;s bus rapid transit system, Bostona#39;s Massachussets Bay Commuter Railroad, and San Diegoa#39;s Sprinter light-rail system. ... Not only has transit service in Melbourne worsened since privatization, said Mees, but every year the government has had to increaseanbsp;...

Author:Taras Grescoe
Publisher:Macmillan - 2012-04-24


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