- Should we limit the use of cars and bring back an interurban rail transportation system? What are the pros and cons of a public transportation system?
- How well does the RTS serve your and your family's transportation needs? (Include going
to school, going to work, going shopping, visiting family and friends, etc.) How does public
transportation impact people's lives and job opportunities?
- In 1888 the car drivers who were members of the Knights of Labor tried to reduce the number
of hours they worked each day from twelve to ten. They settled on a workday of 11.5 hours.
Do you think they won or lost their struggle? Explain.
- The streetcar company fired many drivers in 1889. What do you think happens to workers when they lose their jobs?
- Based on what you have learned, describe how the interurban rail transportation system came about. Explain why it disappeared.
- Compare 1905 streetcar ridership of 49 million with RTS bus ridership today. (Consider increases in Rochester's population). In an essay describe and interpret the differences.
- Calculate the annual cost of operating a car including (a) monthly car
payments, (b) auto insurance, (c) registration, inspection and license fees,
(d) fuel (...miles/year x ... miles/gallon x $......../gallon), (e) maintenance
and repair, (f) parking. How many hours would you have to work at the minimum
wage ($5.15/hour) to earn enough to operate the car for one year? Is dependence
on private, personal transportation economical? What are the advantages and
disadvantages of relying on public transportation?
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K. H. Schaeffer, Access for All: Transportation and Urban Growth. (1980)