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    theran, fizziks

    The bus system in Houston is extensive through the poor neighborhoods (most of surrounding Houston) that take them into downtown.  Those in the suburbs drive into town while bus system laments the lack of riders.

    So, I agree.  Focusing on the poor first isn't helpful.  Sarkozy is now working on the poorer areas because the richer urban areas have adequate transportation.

    We can't put the cart before the horse.

    •  or, how about both? (0+ / 0-)

      Usually, the "Purpose and Need" section of the Environmental Impact Statements for rail projects discuss ALl transit demand: both "transit-dependent" populations (i.e., no- or one-car households), and "choice riders" (those who can afford to drive but choose to take public transportation).  You won't have a cost-effective project without both kinds of riders.

      There is a shorthand description in the public transit industry that it must compete (or be a wash) with the highway/drive trip in three ways: time, reliability, and price.  The first two relate to road/highway congestion and its unpredictability, and the last is self-explanatory.  Thus it is that public transit addresses the need for transportation that responds at least to the first two in rush hours, and at least the third in off-peak hours (mid-day, evenings, weekends).  Preferably all three all the time.

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      by tom 47 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 02:59:59 PM PDT

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