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How to reimagine public transit and get people out of cars - TreeHugger

Years ago, Alex Steffen wrote:

There is a direct relationship between the kinds of places we live, the transportation choices we have, and how much we drive. The best car-related innovation we have is not to improve the car, but eliminate the need to drive it everywhere we go.

We are seeing this play out in real time in California, which has more electric cars than any other state, but where tailpipe emissions continue to rise. According to Nichola Groom in Reuters, Houston's emissions have soared by 46 percent (but she doesn't say since when).

Transportation emissions have also been rising in other major cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Antonio, according to city climate emissions reports from recent years, and have climbed about 21 percent nationwide since 1990, according to the EPA.

It is all about urban design, all about sprawl; that's why they are not hitting their targets in California.

That failure has less to do with energy or environmental policies and more with decades-old urban planning decisions that made California – and especially Los Angeles – a haven for sprawling development of single-family homes and long commutes, according to state officials.

The state has boosted spending on public transport by 60 percent, "but transit options are poorly suited for California’s vast expanses of suburban-style neighborhoods."

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