Do you ride the D.C. Metro? Thank the Great Society

May 27, 2014

By Katie Zezima
May 23, 2014
Published by The Washington Post

As part of our project on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society, we will take a look this week at some lesser-known but important things that came out of the myriad programs that were created and legislation that passed. We now take many of them for granted. Each day this week we'll highlight one.
The Washington, D.C. Metro

Part of Johnson's vision for a great society involved rebuilding the nation's cities, many of which were blighted and decreasing in population. Mass transit agencies that served urban areas were on the decline and many were on the brink of shutting down.

The Urban Mass Transit Acts of 1964 and 1966 gave federal funds to public agencies that operated regional transit systems, helped public and private transportation companies improve facilities, funded research and development and provided fellowships for young people who wanted to study mass transit.

"Through the Mass Transportation Act of 1964, we have moved to relieve the choking traffic which robbed us of time, energy, and dollars. That act committed us to better systems for getting our people to work and home again--and getting them there with speed and safety and economy and comfort," Johnson said. read more