Monday, May 24, 2010

Federal Transit Administrator: "Rail Is EXPENSIVE"

No kidding.

The Administrator of the FTA told the truth.

...Pointing out that the future of public transportation in the U.S. is in jeopardy, Rogoff bluntly told attendees that solutions are not only about engineering and economics: They are also about "honesty" and "moral choices."

Transit officials and local politicians need to be more honest with the public, Rogoff said bluntly, especially about the high costs of rail versus bus transportation.

"Supporters of public transit must be willing to share some simple truths that folks don't want to hear. One is this: Paint is cheap, rails systems are extremely expensive."

By 'paint,' Rogoff means that making a bus a lot prettier attracts riders. (This may not work with lobbyists and lawyers.)

HT: Washington Examiner

1 comment:

Tim Morrissey said...

Diogenes the form of a federal bureaucrat? Truth is truth, no matter from whence the source...