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@Dude: No, I do get it. Until gas is $10 per mile, people will always prefer driving to transit. With that preference, any extra space made in the roadways will be taken up by another car that previously didn't take the trip because it was too congested. Eventually, you'll have traffic congestion again.

The induced demand argument used against building new roads works for transit, too: you free up space in the roadway, someone will come along and take it away again. You can't argue it for anti-highways but ignore it for pro-streetcar. There will always be traffic, unless you remove the roadway capacity from private vehicles and give uncontested lanes to buses and/or streetcars.

In this future world, there will indeed be greater mobility, but mostly for those choosing to drive since the rest of us will be stuck in traffic on a very pretty, quiet and comfortable streetcar.

I'd choose a dirty, noisy, smelly FAST bus over a pretty streetcar stuck in traffic.

by Michael on Oct 23, 2009 3:03 pm • linkreport

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