Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Are Americans Ready for Nimble Cities? � Reimagine an Urban Paradise

Are Americans Ready for Nimble Cities? � Reimagine an Urban Paradise: "I think the most effective method to change consumption patterns in the U.S. would be to fully fund public transportation with public money. If taking public transportation was free for the user, ridership would grow astronomically. It’s been demonstrated again and again.

Level the mobility playing field. Give everyone the right and the means to get to work, to school, to fun, to appointments, to recreation.

We should invest in excellent public transportation that is:

Free (to the user)
Predictable (schedules available at all stops and on phones)
Attractive / Beautiful
Frequent (always less than a ten minute wait)
Everywhere (less than a ten minute walk from most locations)
Efficient (Local and Express)
Resourceful (should maximize options of local terrain. Pittsburgh for example could use streetcars, along side ferries and the incline to take advantage of our rivers and hills)
and has the right of way against all other modes of travel."

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