“As with most failing systems, public transit in this city has built itself a cult following that celebrates the things that don’t work and imagines that it would work better if only it was bigger.

My long years of public carlessness were largely enabled by a widely celebrated local tradition that the lack of a car was a vote for transit, and as long as many of the people I knew were as young and poor as I was, we could imagine that we were some kind of silent majority. But as years passed and economic conditions changed, many of my urban transit cultists revived their dormant driving licenses or found a spouse with wheels”.