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San Francisco is leading the charge to dethrone cars

Michael J. Coren
A cyclist is seen near the Golden Gate Bridge after lockdown orders were issued for the coronavirus pandemic on March 20.

The train lines serving downtown San Francisco are nearly empty, cruising beneath mostly shuttered skyscrapers and wind-swept streets. Workers who normally ascend escalators by the thousands during rush-hour commutes are virtually absent. Through thousands of small decisions, San Francisco, one of America’s wealthiest cities, had designed its public transportation around serving white-collar workers. Since the…


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