Privatized Transit: Who Profits?

Yonah Freemark argues that encouraging developers to build their own transit (as Christopher Leinberger recently argued) could be highly problematic.
May 18, 2010, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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For one, Freemark makes the point that it would be virtually impossible for developers to assemble the political will and right-of-way for a new transit line.

"...few developers are able to assemble land development plots large enough to make investing in a new transportation system necessary, especially in dense urban areas, where most new construction requires only a block or two of space. If the new construction is done out of town, developers would have to buy the use of transit rights-of-way all the way into town, a probably too-expensive proposition to be considered seriously."

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Published on Monday, May 17, 2010 in Next American City
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