Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In the US, opposition to #publictransit includes a lot of racism

richmondmagazine.com: "It is, on the whole, an invigorating experience to walk so closely in history’s shadow, but not always. I was stunned when I first learned city buses stop, for all intents and purposes, at the county lines. The person who told me this said the counties, particularly Chesterfield, which bought half of the Greater Richmond Transit Co. in the racial and political tumult of the 1970s, didn’t want buses (shudder) filled with people who clearly couldn’t afford to buy a car (otherwise, why ride the bus) coming and going in their jurisdictions. Who knows, the riders might bring crime with them or, even worse, they might stay. You need to understand, the Southerner said to this Westerner, race is the subtext here, and all this has roots in white flight and suburbanization and the uncoupling of a region."

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