Where Rail Transit Works, And Why

From Seattle to Atlanta to Sioux City, federal largesse has generated an intense debate about whether urban rail "works."
September 27, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"There is so much auto-competitive rail service to Manhattan and Chicago’s Loop, for example, that the automobile is a second or even third choice. Never mind that operating and capital costs are far higher than necessary, and that use of competitive solutions would make even more services available. And, of course, there is a dearth of transit service between suburban locations, such that few suburban commuters who own cars use transit... Rail can be successful throughout an urban area where the conditions are right, as they are in Tokyo and Osaka. But Phoenix, Portland, Perth, and Paris are neither Tokyo nor Osaka ... and they never will be."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in Heartland Institute
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