Sunday, February 01, 2009

Uniting Arabs and Jews Through Mass Transit

Few forms of public transportation are adept at knitting together an urban community as are streetcars, but what happens when a community doesn't want to be knit together? The Wall Street Journal looks at the troubled tram system being built in Jerusalem, and finds that Arabs and Jews finally agree on something: The tram being built in Jerusalem sucks.

It'll be interesting to see if residents opinion of the tram changes after it has opened, or if peace in the Middle East is a prerequisite for effective public transportation there.

Update: Looks like Jerusalem's system has components of a light rail system, so the WSJ's mixing of streetcar, tram and light rail may be justified.


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