“SAVE THE PLANET. JUMP IN YOUR CAR!” Glenn Reynolds and Reason have great posts on a recent study which indicates, as Roger Ford of Modern Railways magazine says, “a family of four going by car is about as environmentally friendly as you can get”, especially when compared to today’s trains.
Maybe that’s why Syd Mead told me that:
“Mass transit” is purely an academic term. With half the world’s populations living in cities by 2050, owning a private automobile becomes a default response to the imperfect and often inconvenient availability of so-called “mass transit” mobility.
Sadly though, “the desire named streetcar” continues to percolate in most city planners’ brains.