Urban Transit

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Cities Need More Public Transit, Not More Uber and Self-Driving Cars
Cashman, Kevin
Article
2016
In the near future, it is likely that cities will come under intense pressure to sacrifice public transportation in favor of new, private, car-dependent alternatives, even at a time when city planners...
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Connexions Library: Transportation Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on transportation.
Free and Accessible Transit Now: Toward a Red-Green Vision for Toronto
Free and Accessible Transit Campaign, GTWA
Article
2014
The free transit model makes public transit a right of all people, which would dramatically increase its use. While serving he vast majority of Torontonians and strengthening the public sector's role ...
Free transit
Article
2013
A pamphlet which gathers together a number of essays on the struggle for public transit. It emerges especially out of the urban context of Toronto. But the essays speak also to the wider crisis of pub...
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
More than one way to strike
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
Rather than simply walk away from their vehicles, drivers could keep driving, but refuse to collect fares. This puts pressure on the employer without inconveniencing riders.
A New City Agenda
Sewell, John
Book
2004
While Canadians have quickly recognized the importance of healthy cities in their own lives and communities, governments have lagged far behind. In A New City Agenda, journalist and former mayor, John...
No Fares!: Time for a free ride on public transit
Article
2007
This series of articles in The Tyee takes a hard look at fare hikes and spending priorities by B.C.'s transit planners, as well as rising greenhouse emissions and pollution by the private automobile, ...
Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2011
For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 18, 2017: Public Transit
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Public transit – good affordable public transit – is key to a liveable city. Around the world, there are movements of transit riders fighting for better public transit. A key perspective guiding many...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016: Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
A Race Struggle, a Class Struggle, A Women's Struggle All at Once
Mann, Eric
Article
2001
In Los Angeles, the Labor/Community Strategy Center is carrying out a difficult Left experiment in the age of the omnipresent Right. The center is an explicitly anti-racist, anti-corporate, and anti-i...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Toronto Talks Transit with Herman Rosenfeld
Rosenfeld, Herman
Film/Video
2014
Herman Rosenfeld speaks about transit issues in Toronto, and the campaign for good affordable public transit
Transit Activism and the Urban Question in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Tonucci, João; Veloso, André; Kipfer, Stefan
Article
2016
The demand for free transit has been an important starting point of recent mobilizations in Brazil, notably those that shook the whole country in the summer of 2013. This interview with local activist...
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
What would Rosa Parks do today?
Hanley, Lawrence J.
Article
2016
If Rosa Parks was taking action against transit racism today, she likely wouldn’t talk about segregated seating. Instead, she would be calling attention to disappearing service and unaffordable fares ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Toronto Environmental Alliance
Since 1988, Toronto Environmental Alliance has campaigned locally to find solutions to Toronto's urban environmental problems. A not-for-profit organization, we advocate on behalf of all Torontonians ...
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...

Sources Library

Review: Memoirs of An Underground Woman
White, Rachel
1999
UNDERGROUND WOMAN. My Four Years as a New York City Subway Conductor, by Marian Swerdlow. Temple University Press, 1998; $18.95 paper.

From the Connexions Archives

Oeko-Institut
Website
German institute dealing with environmental issues including transportation and climate change.
Transport Action Canada
Organization
Promoting environmentally-sound transportation options.