The Public Transit Solution That Never Was

The Alden StaRRcar was a noble but failed attempt to combine the virtues of public and private transport.

The Alden staRRcar (self-transport Road & Rail car), Bedford, Massachusetts, 1967. The three-passenger car could be driven on neighborhood streets under gasoline power until reaching a trunk line where it would switch to electric power and join with other units proceeding to common exit points. (Photo by Wayne J Smith/United States Information Agency/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

We’ve all been there. We get off at the train station nearest to where we’re going and realize the final destination is a little farther than we’d expected. Google Maps says it’ll take two buses. But by the time the bus arrives, you think to yourself, I could be almost halfway there on foot. It’s […]

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