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  •  not sure on that one (0+ / 0-)

    Couldn't find some statistics from quick searches. I'd guess that the light rail doesn't fare much better, though, because the VTA light rail serves relatively short distances; in fact, the longest bus routes are longer than the longest light rail lines. They both serve basically as: 1) local transport; and 2) feeders into heavy rail like Caltrain. That's my impression of what light rail systems often seem to do (basically be very expensive bus-equivalents), in contrast to urban subways, which are much more useful.

    I agree on the latter point, but one solution to that is to cut back on road subsidies. =]

    "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

    by Delirium on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 04:58:57 PM PDT

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    •  I said car subsidies ... not road subsidies ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... there's "free" parking, there's public investment in the size of emergency rooms required to support the auto transport system, there's the law enforcement focuses on car and traffic issues.

      When you go from there and add in external costs like congestion costs and pollution impacts, road costs are very much the smaller part of the public costs of the car transport system. and Energize America

      by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 05:09:07 PM PDT

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