Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Breaking Gridlock: Moving toward Transportation That Works

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Breaking Gridlock: Moving toward Transportation That Works

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Review: Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works By Jim Motavalli Jim Motavalli. Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2001. 306 pp. ISBN:1-57805-039-1 (cloth). US$23.00

Every day millions of Americans face the problem of how they are going to get where they need to go. And for the majority of us who live in urban centers, this problem gets more expensive, more dangerous, more time-consuming, and more frustrating every day.

Journalist, radio show host, and academic Jim Motavalli takes a long view of how we got where we are today and what our options are for the future. Breaking Gridlock's eleven bite-sized chapters cover how we got this way, a compact but comprehensive picture of how things are now, how Europe addressed the same problem, and what the author calls "viable options" for future auto, bus, train, plane, and ferry solutions.

Technological solutions to gridlock-maglev trains, intermodal stations, fuel cell cars-have been around for awhile. What holds us back is a national commitment. It is not technology but lifestyle that must change. Transit options must not only be comfortable and convenient, but the nation must overcome its fear of what Motavalli calls the "democracy" of mass transit. What will it take to get us out of our cars? This is the true message of the book, interwoven throughout.

Compactness and readability make the book unique. …

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