Rail Transit Is A Lost Cause

Across the nation, rail transit systems are are losing riders money. So why do city governments keep building them?
March 14, 2003, 7am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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" Rail transit systems all over the country are losing riders and hemorrhaging money, yet city governments keep building them...Why has rail transit been such a spectacular bust?...rail transit will never be a serious transportation alternative in more than a handful of places: It can't match the convenience of cars... in most situations the average auto travel time is less than half that of rail transit...There is no documented case of mass transit making a material traffic reduction anywhere in the United States...The mass transit fleet consumes more energy than the entire auto fleet, including SUVs."

Thanks to Dan Penrose

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Published on Thursday, March 13, 2003 in The Weekly Standard
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