Saturday, January 17, 2009

Message from the USA: Get ready to learn (from Europe)

Get ready to learn (from Europe)

The #1 most important thing that the Obama Administration needs to hear is that it is possible to make transit viable in a medium/low density suburban environment.

To this end, it would be great to put a few case studies in front of some US decision makers, showing them how European suburbs of comparable density to inner and middle ring US suburbs have much lower car use than their US counterpart due to decent transit service, good bike feeders, land use, behavior mod, etc. and there are some new technologies on the horizon that would make it more so (smart paratransit and carpooling for example)

Paul Steely White, Executive Director,
Transportation Alternatives,
New York City, USA

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