Unite mass transit riders with car drivers to reduce traffic

Surmountable Social Issues
Apr 12, 2022
4 min read
Mass transit reduces traffic / iStock

Issue 13 • Week of April 10, 2022

This Sunday, we honor what would be the 110th birthday of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, for her logistical leadership of the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott. She proved that change is possible in mass transit policy by leveraging people power with a dispatch network of privately owned cars that predated Uber by over 50 years.

American public transportation has celebrated few successes since then. Repeated setbacks such as the century-long failure to finish the Cincinnati subway leads most people to doubt the feasibility of another new metro system any time soon, yet US ridership was up prior to the pandemic by 15% compared to the mid-1980s. Luckily, last year's infrastructure bill reverses decades of anemic federal funding that has averaged less than half of its peak of over 50%.

Now comes the real test, as modern investment in American mass transit has been the least efficient in the world.

How can we sure that investments in mass transit will be used effectively?

This content is only available to members

Sign up for free to read the potential solutions for this topic and find out what you can do today for a better tomorrow or pre-order our second book that will compile 100 issues on making a difference.

Unlock content

Get full access to our issues and a sneak peek of our second book!

Sign up for free or support our mission.

Oops! There was an error sending the email, please try again.

Thanks! Now check your inbox and click the link to confirm your membership.