New Yorkers may complain endlessly about the city’s public transportation system, but the network of subways and train lines may be the city’s saving grace in the case of an oil crisis.
Despite the efforts of people planning the new Yankee Stadium, we’re less automobile dependent than any other city in the nation, including Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. Woo-hoo! And here is some good thoughts from the Mayor of third-ranked San Francisco:
Public transportation is a key element in city planning, and it is critical in this time of global warming and volatile petroleum availability that we work to make our transit options not dependent solely on fossil fuel. By putting transit first, we’re helping San Francisco and the Bay Area maintain a livable and strong economy. Residents spend less on gas, which is often processed from foreign oil, so more money stays in the local economy. And as a side benefit, by taking public transit we are able to reduce our contribution to the emissions that cause global warming.