NCPA: Transit costs ‘railroaded’

Among the top tenets of social ecology—up there with “mankind is the cause of global warming” and “expensive oil can be easily replaced by ‘free’ solar power”—is the frequent claim mass transit is more “environment friendly” than the hustle and bustle of urban automobile traffic. That generally accepted belief backed by a windfall of tax subsidies has helped bolster development of rail transportation in many US cities. But a study the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)—a conservative, nonprofit think-tank—recently reported commuting by rail is slow, inconvenient, expensive, and at best “not much more environmentally friendly than automobiles.” NCPA’s report was authored by Randall...

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