Urban Transit Crush

Archive Report

Transportation Problems in Big Cities

Growing Need to Relieve Automobile Congestion

Urban mass transit in the United States, decaying and neglected for more than a generation, may at last he entering a period of renaissance. Since World War II, spending on passenger transportation in the nation's cities has overwhelmingly favored the automobile at the expense of subways, bus lines and commuter railroads. One result is that city streets are now choked with motor vehicles whose exhaust fumes pollute the atmosphere. At the same time, mass transit systems have been losing money because of rising costs and declining patronage.

But the days of unquestioning deference to the automobile appear numbered. Citizens of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and other cities have protested against construction of freeways that ...

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