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The Right Transportation for Every Place

We've discussed the last mile problem before-that no matter whatever non-car transportation options you provide, people still need a way to get...


We've discussed the last mile problem before-that no matter whatever non-car transportation options you provide, people still need a way to get from their homes and offices to that transportation. In this essay on Planetizen, Samuel Staley discusses a larger problem, what you might call the "every mile problem": for many neighborhoods, the car is simply a much better option than public transit will ever be:
The kicker is that different built environments make different transportation modes relatively more (or less) effective and efficient (both in terms of social and private costs). Public transit simply can't provide meaningful alternatives for most people living and working in low-density suburban neighborhoods (with densities typically less than 5,000 people per square mile or less).
How can we plan our growth to mitigate that problem? Read more here.
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