THE CASE FOR FREE TRANSIT

OVER 200 MILLION CARS ARE ON THE EARTH; 23 MILLION MORE ARE PRODUCED ANNUALLY; AND CLOSE TO 200,000 WILL ROLL OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE THIS WEEK. TRAFFIC-CHOKED CITIES PROVIDE THE STAGE FOR DAILY COMMUTING TRAGEDY. MEN AND MACHINES PLAY OUT A SYMPHONY OF WASTED TIME, WASTED LAND, AND WASTED AIR. ONE SEEMINGLY WORKABLE APPROACH IS FREE MASS TRANSIT PROVIDING UNLIMITED ACCESS TO ALL CITIZENS. BENEFITS NOTED ARE: 1) THE AMOUNT OF LAND AND MONEY NEEDED TO BUILD HIGHWAYS WOULD BE REDUCED; 2) LOWER AUTO USAGE WOULD REDUCE POLLUTION; 3) LOWER BARRIERS TO INNER CITY POOR WORKERS IN REACHING SUBURBAN JOB; 4) PROVIDE UNLIMITED ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES, RECREATION, JOBS AND HOUSING; 5) GREATER PATRONAGE IN CENTRAL CITY STORES. SOME OF THE SETBACKS ARE IN THE AREAS OF AVAILABILITY TO PUBLIC NEEDS, PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AND THE AGE OLD IDEA THAT THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MUST MAKE A PROFIT. IF NOTHING IS MORE POWERFUL THAN AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME, PERHAPS A NEW "ERA OF ACCESS AND MOBILITY" CAN REPLACE A "CAR SICK SOCIETY". /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 9, No 10, PP25-29
  • Authors:
    • Aleshire, R A
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 00202049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 1982 12:00AM