Transportation Predicament of Cities
Worsening of traffic congestion on city streets, despite extensive construction of motor freeways and introduction of modern traffic control measures, is apparent in almost every big American community. Municipal authorities thus are being forced to consider expansion of mass transportation facilities as a means of reducing the number of cars and the traffic jams on urban thoroughfares.
Private interests, however, are hesitant about investing large capital sums in a type of enterprise which generally has not yielded satisfactory returns in recent years, and the cities themselves have had only limited capacity to establish or extend publicly owned transit systems. The problem is complicated by doubts as to whether suburbanites, if offered swift and frequent public service, could be drawn out of their ...