Interesting history of mass transit in America. For those of us frustrated by being forced to drive a car everywhere (aka being stuck in traffic without an alternative way to get around) 🙄, this article provides some explanation, or at least context.
American suburbs are unique in being almost entirely auto-oriented, relating on those dumb park-and-rides for mass transit. Other countries that have extended mass transit into the suburbs themselves have had much more success. As the article says, “good service can make transit successful even in low-density suburbs.”
These breakthroughs are made possible by a larger cast of thousands around them, by broader social structures, and by other things that America, writ large, makes possible — whether it be public policies or public education.
This article gives a clue as to why the tech revolution started in America. I mean it wasn’t just an accident that one giant company after another started in Silicon Valley. The US government helped. There’s wasn’t a government “plan” to create Silicon Valley, but the government did set up the environment that allowed it to happen.
Thanks, space race!
No one was sitting behind a desk in Washington saying, “Oh, this is how we’re going to build a tech industry.” But that is what happened.
I hope we continue to collectively invest like this going forward.