Pollution Solutions

by Hillary Geronemus

Using public transportation doesn't just help reduce pollution (and traffic and parking nightmares), it's a good way to understand a place's history and culture. After all, what would New Orleans be without its streetcars or San Francisco without its cable cars? In Pittsburgh, two 1870s funiculars—the Duquesne and Monongahela inclines—still inch up Mount Washington, giving you plenty of time to soak in the city's best views. The New York subway's 7 line traverses Manhattan and Queens and a thousand immigrant cultures—from Bogotá to Delhi—along the way. Tampa is reviving its yellow electric streetcars, with service between downtown and Ybor City, and Portland's buses have bike racks on front, reflecting the city's granola soul. Now that's something to honk about.

Monongahela Incline, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
Tel: 412 442 2000

Duquesne Incline
Tel: 412 381 1665

American Public Transportation Association
Tel: 202 496 4800

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