By Taras Grescoe
Taras Grescoe rides the rails worldwide and makes a chic and impassioned case for the approaching finish of auto tradition and the arriving transportation revolution
"I am proud to name myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The belief of public transportation in the United States is frequently unflattering―a squalid final lodge for people with one too many drunk-driving fees, too negative to find the money for assurance, or too decrepit to get at the back of the wheel of a automobile. certainly, a century of auto-centric tradition and town making plans has left many of the kingdom with public transportation that's underfunded, in poor health maintained, and in poor health conceived. yet because the call for for petroleum is speedy outpacing the world's provide, a revolution in transportation is lower than manner.
Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers―the becoming variety of those who depend upon public transportation to move in regards to the company in their day-by-day lives. On a trip that takes him round the world―from manhattan to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia―Grescoe profiles public transportation right here and out of the country, highlighting the folk and ideas which may support undo the wear and tear that car-centric making plans has performed to our towns and create handy, cheap, and sustainable city transportation―and higher urban living―for all.