Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A systemic take-down of all the mass transit myths

can be found here, entitled The Bankruptcy of Mass Transit, by Bill Steigerwald, with significant input from Wendell Cox. Here are just a few of the nuggets that can be found within:

You have a situation now where, believe it or not, 60 to 65 percent of the movement of people in the Tokyo area and the Osaka area is by transit -- a stunning figure. When you figure that in the Pittsburgh area the number is less than 2 percent. By the way, it only exceeds 4 percent in the U.S.A. in New York, which is 9 percent.

I keep arguing in my own mind, who is more responsible for the abject failure of transit in the United States? And mind you -- transit expenditures have gone up more than 300 percent adjusted for inflation since 1970 and ridership has gone up less than 20 percent. There is no other sector of the economy, including health care, where I can find escalation even close to that. Transit holds the record. It is a damned outrage how bad transit has been.

and finally, the coup de grace:

All that being said, there is no hope whatsoever for transit.

As they say, read the whole thing ...