Today we're talking cars. In the
The U.S. Department of Transportation reported nationally a 3.1% decrease in driving between January 2008 and January 2009. In
Taking a glass-half-full approach, perhaps when they drive less, people will see that biking and transit aren't so bad after all. Perhaps with the new investment in intercity rail and regional transit systems provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we can start to build a national transit system that will allow many more people to permanently reduce their driving.
Now, zooming halfway across the globe to
The potential problem is that "the seemingly guaranteed success of the Nano may create more traffic and strain on
It sounds good to liberate a population of working-class people, allowing them to safely and efficiently get where they need to go. However, the streets of cities like Mumbai are already overcome with gridlock traffic. In many parts of
...Where our roads are crumbling and our nation simply cannot afford to fix the massive highway system we have built.
...Where gridlock slows millions of commuters, and we have no alternative because our government never invested in an adequate mass transit system.
...Where automobile-related fatalities are the country's leading non-medical cause of death.
...Where people cannot afford gasoline, but have become so auto-dependent that there is no other choice.
The Green Inc. blog notes, “Indeed, debate over the Nano points up an achingly similar question that has long plagued richer, car-centric countries in the West: How soon until governments develop truly effective multimodal urban public transportation systems?”