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Decongestion

Five innovations in urban transportation that you won't find in America, yet. PLUS: An original GOOD Video Presentation.



Americans own more than 240 million cars—that’s almost one for every person, though this should come as no surprise. We are surrounded by evidence that we’ve become slaves to our mechanical masters: multihour commutes, sprawling exurbs, empty wallets from high gas prices. Of course, as we fast-track toward environmental ruin, we all know it doesn’t have to be this way.

Cities around the world are leaps and bounds ahead of America when it comes to issues of urban transit. Though this country is woefully lagging, it’s a rare example of when falling behind actually works in your favor: as U.S. cities work to update their transportation systems for the 21st century, they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The solutions are already out there.

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