Americans can be skeptical about transit. For many, it’s seen as a last-resort mode of transportation that’s falling apart and only exists for poor people to get around — but we know that transit is so much more than that and can be so much better than it is today.
has a great piece in Curbed
this week about efforts to fund transit by the US federal government in the 1960s and 1970s, which were ultimately slashed when Reagan took power. As urbanists, we talk about how the Dutch successfully challenged automobility in favor of bikes in the 1970s, but we don’t recall the failed challenges elsewhere.
This marks the day when the automobile stops getting a monopoly of favored treatment from the federal government. — SF mayor Joseph Alioto in 1974 after signing of key bill
In Christof Spieler
’s new book about US transit, he notes that density is key
to having a great transit system and that to have better transit in US cities, the goal needs to be to increase density. Alon Levy
recently wrote about transit in LA, and made the same point: LA doesn’t have great transit now, but it could if it densifies more areas