Strait On – History of American transportation, Part 6: Urban

From horse-drawn carriages to electric trains, people could now get to work Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleRusty Strait, Senior Reporter. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The first urban transportation in the United States came into existence in cities on the East Coast in 1829, having originated in France. Urban “mass transit” has included horse-drawn omnibuses, streetcars, cable cars, electric streetcars, trolley coaches, gasoline and diesel buses, underground and above-ground rail rapid transit, ferries, and commuter rail services. It did not happen in one fell swoop. Years of inventions and improvements brought us to modern day urban transportation. Between 1829 and 1844, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore sported

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