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Recent History of Boston Transportation

Recent History of Boston Transportation

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Principles of Engineering Practice (3.003). Frederick Salvucci's perspective on transportation development is an amalgam of civil engineering, history, economics, policy, and not least, the direct impact on people's lives. Here he surveys the evolution of transportation in Boston and beyond from the 1830s to the present. Salvucci covers significant junctures in transportation history, beginning in the 1830s with horses pulling streetcars on wagon wheels, then steel wheels. In the 1870s, electrification of streetcars alleviated the phenomenon of overworked horses succumbing in the streets, causing both traffic jams and a public health hazard. "It was a really messy affair," Salvucci says. By World War I, automobiles increasingly crowded Boston... Show More
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