Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America

Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America

Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America

Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America

Synopsis

This colorful history will appeal to borth the interested reader and transportation historian. Brian Cudahy's skillful narrative is combined with a wealth of period photographs. The first comprehensive history of public transportation in North America to be published in more than 60 years, thebook traces the growth of urban mass transit from the horse-drawn street cars of the 1830's through the development of cable cars, electric street cars, subways, and buses, to the new light rail systems that are playing a key role in today's urban transit renaissance. The book is not bound to anygeographical region and examines transit rail systems throughout the United States and Canada.

Excerpt

This book tells the story of mass transportation in the cities of North America from the 1820s to the present day. Substantial portions of the book are based on a ten-part series published in 1982 as an insert for the weekly Passenger Transport, the official journal of the American Public Transit Association (A.P.T.A.), a Washington-based trade association of and for today's North American mass transit operators and suppliers. The A.P.T.A. can trace its roots to the American Street Railway Association, an organization whose founding in Boston in 1882 is the subject of the first chapter of this book.

My 1982 version was called A Century of Service and was written to help A.P.T.A. celebrate its centennial. I owe substantial thanks to A.P.T.A.'s Executive Vice President, Jack Gilstrap, as well as to the person who was then its Director of Communications and who has long been my friend, Albert Engelken, for the opportunity to write A Century of Service. I must carefully point out, however, that Cash, Tokens, and Transfers is not A Century of Service, and things I say, conclusions I draw, and inferences I make in this book are mine and mine only, and lack any association with policies and positions of the American Public Transit Association.

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