Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don’t Blame Cars.)

Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.

CityLab
CityLab
Sep 11, 2018 · 16 min read
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By Jonathan English

One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban…

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