Taras Grescoe is the author Straphanger: Saving our Cities and ourselves from the Automobile. He is the award-winning author of Bottomfeeder, The Devils Picnic, The End of Elsewhere and Sacré Blues, and countless articles focusing on world travel. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Gourmet, National Geographic Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Montreal. He has never owned a car.
I visited 14 different cities, looking at some of the best and the worst in urban transportation. Moscow offered both: surface roads gridlocked by a nightmare of free-for-all congestion, and an awe-inspiring and efficient metro system, a legacy of the Soviet era, that kept working like clockwork beneath the streets.
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