A Grande Causa: Transporte individual versus coletivo


Este e’ o custo proibitivo para quem ganha salario minimo nos USA ( U$ 900,00/mes) manter um carro: U$ 8.849,00/ano.

AAA ( American Automobile Association) puts the average cost of owning and operating a car at $8,849 a year including fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance, license, registration and taxes, depreciation, and finance charges.

Mas a AAA comecou assim:


A Century of Service

Almost immediately after the first horseless carriages appeared on America’s roads, motorists began organizing automobile clubs.

In 1902, only 23,000 cars were in operation in this country compared with 17 million horses. Yet, 50 small motor clubs had been formed by motoring enthusiasts across the country. Nine of those clubs joined together to create a national motoring organization and on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, founded the American Automobile Association.

More than 100 years have passed, but from its inception, AAA has dedicated itself to the future of transportation through support of safe, efficient highways and a multi-modal transportation system that is accessible and affordable to everyone.

AAA HistoryFight for Better Roads

At the turn of the century, existing roads had been designed for the horse and buggy — not the automobile. Traveling on those dirt paths was often risky, and AAA’s earliest goal was to lead a fight for improvements in the nation’s roads — ones which could better accommodate automobile traffic.

By 1916, AAA had won a major battle in its campaign for better roads when the principle of federal aid to highways was initiated. ( continuar a ler…)


Os USA cresceu como uma civilização do automóvel, as corporacoes fabricantes tiveram ampla influencia na construcao do ambiente hoje todo coberto por estradas pavimentadas. Logo vamos entrar na era dos Jetsons com aqueles veículos voantes parecendo discos voadores. E o que vai ser de todas estas estradas?

O Brasil vem atrasado, com a maioria assalariada que não pode ter carro. Ao inves de associa-los agora para  comprarem e manterem carros, obrigando a construcao de estradas que log serao inúteis e apenas vao atrapalhar, devemos criar estas associacoes focalizadas no transporte publico – trens, ônibus, barcos, etc.



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