i was expecting sciam to take a more technocratic approach to this topic. but the article hits on a number of salient bits.
- the energy requirements associated with the need to transition the US auto fleet.
- the stigmatization of the bus being for the poor, in the US.
- the fact that other countries treat buses and public transit as critical infrastructure.
- the need to place bus stops in safe, convenient locations.
they cite the growth in ridership in seattle when they implemented significant changes to their public transit. i took the bus in seattle a couple of weeks ago and it was faster than dealing with the traffic and the parking hassles associated with driving from place to place in a downtown environment.
it was also 20x cheaper than taking an uber/lyft.
an absolutely rollicking good run. oh, and margaret atwood has a substack.