The Decline of Transit: Urban Transportation in German and U.S. Cities, 1900-1970

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 1984 - History - 293 pages
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Automobiles dominate transportation today in most American cities. After World War II, urban planners embraced highway transportation as the solution to urban congestion, while mass transit was shunned as outmoded and appropriate only for older, densely populated cities. Yet the prolonged energy crisis, beginning in 1973, shattered most previously held attitudes about the role of mass transit, and it was now promoted as central to energy efficiency and rational land use. If mass transit is now possible and even desirable in new, auto-oriented cities - Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Tokyo - why did it decline in the first place? In examining the historical conditions that led to the current crisis of urban transportation, the book offers an explanation of past urban and economic policy failures. The Decline of Transit will be essential reading for urban planners, politicians, economists, historians, and all others interested in the state of urban transportation today.

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Glenn Yago is Director of the Economic Research Bureau and Associate Professor of Management at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has testified before federal and state committees and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other
publications. He is also a director and principal in both a start-up and a turnaround company.

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