General History

Public transit isn’t very romantic, but it once was and once again can be.

Since the development of the federal highway in the 50’s there has existed a spatial mismatch between the inner city and the suburbs. That is, people are in cities and jobs are in suburbs; specifically, three-fourths of welfare recipients live in the inner city and two-thirds of low skill job growth occurs in the suburbs. Public transit ought to address this, but it doesn’t, neglecting 40% of suburban counties and providing access to only 50% of jobs in the counties it does serve.