New American Dream Being Shaped By Public Transit

The new American dream is being shaped by a growing transit network oflight-rail lines, subways, commuter rail and buses, writes Jennifer Dorn.

"In communities across the America -- from Charlotte to Portland to Washington, D.C. -- people are pursuing a new variation of the American dream, a dream that includes owning a home, living in an attractive, thriving neighborhood, setting down roots and feeling part of a community, and enjoying the walk to a neighborhood coffee shop or a short train ride to see a movie...

The new dream is being shaped by a growing transit network of light-rail lines, subways, commuter rail and buses running in dedicated lanes. Since 1993, new rail transit systems have opened in 17 cities. These and other transit systems have added over 3,000 miles of track -- an increase of more than 45 percent in just 10 years."

Thanks to Campaign for Sensible Growth listserv

Full Story: Transit is changing look of the American dream

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