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EDITORIAL A merica and many countries call for massive rapid transit initiatives, ones tied to invention, new methods��� imagined, designed and realized���while safeguarding the environment. Although sustaining and improving national highway systems is also a priority, substantial transformation of national railway systems will result in the emergence of new industry, ancillary products and protocols conducive to setting the stage for broad economic reverberations. Efficient, organized, up-to-date mass transit is central to the well-being, functionality and prosperity of society. On America���s Eastern coast, legendary Route 66 begins on acclaimed summer and artistic colony, Cape Cod, Massachusetts at Provincetown, located at the Cape���s very tip, a sandbar with desert-like dunes extending into Massachusetts Bay. Here the English Pilgrims first landed and shortly thereafter sailed across Massachusetts Bay to settle in Plymouth. From Provincetown, Route 66 crosses the country, an asphalt guideway to Los Angeles for millions of Americans who felt the call of the West in the final automotive-driven throes of that great migration. During the last half-century, Route 66 was surpassed by massive new federal highways. Yet it still holds, in some circles, a near-mythical allure. It and President Eisenhower���s interstate highway system���initiated in the 1950s���form a massive, ever-active national performance art work. Both Route 66 and Eisenhower���s monumental achievement were created to satiate the automobile and the HYLAND

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