Jjorge M. Rebelo is one of top world experts in urban rail systems and freight logistics and has written extensively on tho While he was a Lead Transport Specialist at the World Bank (1987-2010) he managed most of the urban rail projects financed by that institution in Latin America and also worked in India and China. This book is the result of his hands on experience in São Paulo, Brazil and Mumbai, India where he wjas able to identify some areas where governance and operating companies can improve if they want to lessen the daily problems caused by deficient urban rail transport. Jorge M Rebelo is an honorary member of the Association of Latin America Metros and Undergrounds (ALAMYS) and he speaks frequently at world conferences on urban transport .
"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflattering—a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get behind the wheel of a car. Indeed, a century of auto-centric culture and city planning has left most of the country with public transportation that is underfunded, ill maintained, and ill conceived. But as the demand for petroleum is fast outpacing the world's supply, a revolution in transportation is under way.
Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers—the growing number of people who rely on public transportation to go about the business of their daily lives. On a journey that takes him around the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—Grescoe profiles public transportation here and abroad, highlighting the people and ideas that may help undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation—and better city living—for all.