Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The LA ChooChoo: FAIL

Interesting little item here.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Professor James Moore of the University of Southern California [ ] blames the disproportionate financial attention paid to rail projects reduced transit ridership by 1.5 billion (with a "b") over the same period. The reason is, as Tom Rubin put it, is that many more people can be carried for the same money on buses, "Had they run a lot of buses at low fares, they could have doubled the number of riders." Rubin was chief financial officer of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, one of the two predecessors of the present transit agency (MTA).

Transportation experts were also quoted to the effect that the rail system has done little to reduce traffic congestion or increase the use of mass transit much beyond the level in 1985, when planning for the Metro Blue Line began.

So much for city "light rail" projects vs. congestion.

HT: Examiner

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