Urban Mass Transit: The Life Story of a Technology (Google eBook)
This volume in the Greenwood Technographies series covers urban mass transit - that is, the technologies that allow cities to move large numbers of people around. Just a few hundred years ago, the size of cities was limited by the time it took people to move from one part of the city to another. The development of successive technologies has forever altered the urban landscape. From horse-drawn omnibuses to subways to current light-rail, this volume highlights the technological and social struggles that have accompanied urbanization and the need for an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation in cities. Urban Mass Transit: The Life Story of a Technology follows the story of transportation in cities through all stages of its history: BL Urbanization and transit by horsepower BL The introduction of mechanical power to run cable railways BL Electrification and the ascendance of the trolley BL The Rise of the motor vehicle and the decline of the trolley BL Rapid transit and the revival of mass transportation The volume includes a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography of resources useful for further research.
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Review: Urban Mass Transit: The Life Story of a TechnologyUser Review - Katherine - Goodreads
In well under 200 pages, this is a pretty good explanation of the technical, political, and social history of American mass transit--focusing on the streetcar, as that was the major form for decades ... Read full review
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