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A Genealogy of Sexual Harassment of Female Passengers in Buenos Aires Public Transport

Dhan Zunino Singh

, catcalling, or staring. In public transport, moreover, a vehicle’s movement serves as an alibi to touch the other’s body, as shown by recent official campaigns in the New York City Subway, London Underground, Paris Metro, and Mexico City Metro. A survey in

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“Beachten Sie die Lücken”: Reviewing the Cultural Histories and Geographies of Public Transport in Berlin

Samuel Merrill

In Berlin’s U-Bahn an announcement cautions passengers: “Bitte beachten Sie beim Aussteigen die Lücke zwischen Zug und Bahnsteigkante.” This fastidious rendition of the London Underground’s “mind the gap” warning reveals audio equivalencies between the two transport networks. However, the more numerous curved platforms of the Underground—originally designed for the shorter trains of the past—mean that its gaps are more pronounced than those of the U-Bahn. When it comes to the cultural investigation of each city’s broader public transport histories and geographies, the reverse is true. Unlike in London, public transport in the German capital has escaped the significant scholarly attention of historians in recent years.

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The Role of Cycle Rickshaws in Urban Transport

Today and Tomorrow

Geetam Tiwari

Cycle rickshaws continue to play an important role in meeting the mobility demands in South Asian cities. Current transport policies, however, do not support their use. Rickshaws are viewed as a cause of congestion and a profession in which rickshaw owners exploit poor people. This article presents data from published studies to argue against those views. Data from Delhi metro users suggests that as cities expand their public transport services, rickshaws will continue as an important feeder mode in the future. Recent studies also suggest that if separate lanes are created for non-motorized vehicles (which can be used by bicycles as well), then rickshaws and motorized vehicles will experience less congestion and non-motorized vehicles will be exposed to lower traffic crash risk. This article advocates the collection of relevant data concerning rickshaw trips and the number of rickshaws in future travel surveys and that appropriate infrastructures should be designed to facilitate their movement.

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Transport Coordination

Concluding Thoughts Based on the Case of Switzerland

Vincent Kaufmann

The way public transportation and highway policies are considered in tandem is determinant of how the means of transportation are used, and that policy choices have implications in the middle and long term as they forge path dependence. This paper discuss this issues, using the case of Switzerland—often considered a best-practice country in terms of coordination—to explore the obstacles encountered when transportation policies à la Swiss are "imported" to other countries.

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Moving the Masses: Toward a History of Public Transport in Postwar Latin America

Andra B. Chastain

Nearly three decades ago, a French-trained urban planner remarked that “getting around any Latin American city is a true quotidian feat” for travelers contending with “the subways of Caracas, the packed lines of the Mexico metro, the Santiago journeys without any foreseeable destination, the crammed La Paz truffis [cars with fixed routes], the dangerous Lima micro[buses], and the ups-and-downs of central Quito.” While this description evokes the colorful spectrum of urban mobility in the region, it also sums up the anxieties of many postwar observers of Latin American cities: urban transportation seemed to be in crisis. With vehicle shortages, traffic congestion, air pollution, and sporadic social protests, public transportation tested Latin American metropolises since at least the postwar era.

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Urban Electric Public Transport in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Toward a Historical Anthropology of Infrastructural Crises

Andrey Vozyanov

Crises in urban electric transport infrastructure of Eastern and Southeastern Europe present not only a fruitful subject for historical, ethnographic, and sociological inquiry, but also contribute to two intersecting knowledge fields. First, to the multidisciplinary constellation of studies dedicated to failures of sociotechnical systems that I will refer to as disaster and crisis studies. And second, to social studies of urban transit in the former Socialist Bloc, a subfield within broader mobility and transport studies. In this text I will review the state of both these fields and then proceed to conceptualize the intersections between them, proposing historical anthropology as an integration tool. In the process I will occasionally refer to my fieldwork in Donbas, Ukraine, from 2011 to 2013, and eastern Romania since 2015.

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Visual and Toponymical Landscape

Place Names on Railway Station Signs

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Northern England and Milan, Italy. These are regions where, during the winter of 2019–2020, before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was possible to make a direct survey. Toponymical Spaces and Public Transport It is common for human

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Unruly Tramscapes

Literary Mobilities and 1930s London Tramway Closure Events

Jason Finch

Enthusiast activity surrounds public transport and is a growing area of interest for researchers developing bottom-up or participant-led views. 1 Such accounts, like allied ones investigating transport workers’ perspectives, counterbalance a

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Book Reviews

Jonathan Leif Basilio, Melanie Bassett, Purbasha Das, Kavyta Kay, Dave McLaughlin, and Chigusa Yamaura

to support their own interests. Initially, the permanence of such infrastructure was used to promote a feeling of accessibility among passengers of public transport. Later these same structures were viewed as obstructions to traffic and overall

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Walking as a Metaphor

COVID Pandemic and the Politics of Mobility

Avishek Ray

urban spatiality. However, amid the lockdown migrants do not have the subsistence to stay in the city. Public transport is withdrawn and the inter-state borders sealed. They are thus forced to walk home. Out of the heterotopic ghettos, they are now