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Straphanger

Friday, August 03, 2012

Taras Grescoe describes public transportation all over the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—and looks at how convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation can lead to better city living. Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile makes an impassioned case for the end of car culture and starting a transportation revolution.

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Comments [8]

tom nemec from Port Monmouth ,NJ

Why didn't any one ever consider building a monorail train down the center of the NJ parkway or Turnpike.

Aug. 04 2012 03:52 PM
tom nemec from Port Monmouth ,NJ

This was an interesting interview. The reason we wait for the other trains in Seacacus is because Amtrak has priority,
Also Acela is not a faster train , it just makes less stops. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0110.carr.html
NY and NJ need a 24 hour bus only lane.

We have Rudy G. to thanks for the public spaces in NY.
I travel to NYC everyday by private bus. NJ transit buses are thew worse i have ever been on. Everyone i have ever been on smell and look like they were just removed from a decade in a garbage dump. The people who make these decisions and who design these modes of transportation do not ever use them to travel.

Aug. 04 2012 03:46 PM
Mike from Inwood

This discussion of high-speed rail is lame; two dreamers traipsing through their utopian wish lists. High-speed rail will be used to replace the shorter air trips, not replace the automobile. This is not my original thinking. Do any of these people do their homework?

Aug. 04 2012 12:45 AM
rebekka Taubman from Los Angeles

I live in Los Angeles. I have converted to using Bus and the new Expo line to get to my office. It takes longer but I am calmer since Road Rage is so bad here. It cost only $75.00 a month for unlimited pass.

Aug. 03 2012 12:39 PM
Sher from Lower Manhattan

Please ask him about the sad transformation in Beijing from heavily bicycle dependent a couple of decades ago over to current heavily car-oriented congestion and air pollution!? Any hope they could learn from Copenhagen or their own past history??!

Aug. 03 2012 12:33 PM
Jane from NYC

Taras is not speaking to those of us who are elderly or not ambulatory. As is so often the case, the young and healthy speak so self-righteously about what is "right" for "their" city.

Aug. 03 2012 12:27 PM
Peg from rural NY

I love all types of public transit. Buses are great. Any form of ground transportation that allows me to avoid my car is a blessing.

Aug. 03 2012 12:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Please don't talk about Africa as if it were a single country. Lagos is in Nigeria.

Aug. 03 2012 12:09 PM

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