Bus vs. Rail: An Oversimplified Comparison
Brown and Thompson compared data from San Diego, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Pittsburg, and concluded that a combined rail/bus system is the most effective.
"The debate generally overlooks the several other functions that express bus and rail transit modes might serve, and thus it ignores the fact that the two modes perform differently depending upon the regional transit service mission that they are assigned. Transit planners and policymakers who are considering whether to invest in one mode or the other cannot make an informed decision without simultaneously considering the mission to which one mode or the other will be assigned."
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