Publisher: Between the Lines
Released: April 28, 2020
Public transportation is in crisis. Through an assessment of the history of automobility in North America, the “three revolutions” in automotive transportation, as well as the current work of committed people advocating for a different way forward, James Wilt imagines what public transit should look like in order to be green and equitable. Wilt considers environment and climate change, economic and racial inequality, urban density, accessibility and safety, work and labour unions, privacy and control of personal data, as well as the importance of public and democratic decision-making.
Based on interviews with more than forty experts, including community activists, academics, transit planners, authors, and journalists, Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars? explores our ability to exert power over how cities are built and for whom.
“As Wilt argues with vigour, egomaniac billionaires will not save us. But if people fight together for transit—massively expanded, truly accessible, publicly owned, democratically controlled, and hell, why not free—well, we might just be on a fast track to winning the world we need.”– Avi Lewis, filmmaker and co-founder of The Leap
“In 2020, we stand at a critical juncture: will we democratize and decarbonize mass transit systems—or will we allow private electric vehicles to dominate our streets? In this lucid, accessible, and sharply argued book, James Wilt presents an inspiring vision of mobility justice for transit workers, riders, and broader communities. In the process, he deftly critiques the twin paradigms of automobility and austerity, which threaten to dismantle public transit in the United States, Canada, and beyond.” – Thea Riofrancos, co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal