LEARNING TO LOVE MASS TRANSIT IN A CAR OBSESSESD SOCIETY


Our society’s modern mobility started off with public transportation in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Urban and intercity railways became the regular mode of transportation for the growing middle class. The twentieth century was when investments in the improvements of roads increased allowing motor buses to serve less affluent and smaller communities off of main routes.

Today, hundreds of millions of people commute daily between home and work, many in distances that called for advance planning in the past. As our society shifted over to a more car obsessed culture various levels of inequalities were formed pertaining to our society, economy, and environment. The heavy investment in highway and road infrastructure has shaped a society with phenomena such as the urban sprawl and white flight, which has created disparities towards low-income communities. Many low-income communities have been redlined into central locations of the city, while job and economic opportunities have dispersed to more decentralized locations.

This paper outlines a brief history of our mass transit system and the current policies in place that enables the US to have a flexible spending agenda. It will explore the challenges and social ills of private transportation as it touches upon the impact it will have on the US and its competitive edge in the global economy. The proposed solutions are looked at from an individual level perspective along with the most beneficial impact it can bring to our society.

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