City What He Said
posted by October 25 at 14:06 PMon
Chi-Dooh Li in today’s PI:
But one great benefit light rail will bring to all of us, for which detractors have no answer, is the certainty of travel time. Trains will—count on it—get you to your destination in a reliably predictable amount of time.
The same can never be said for any form of transportation that uses rubber tires on asphalt roads. Cars, buses, shuttle buses, vans, taxis—you name it—there is no way time of arrival can be accurately predicted.
Buses, the adored form of public transit among the anti-rail crowd, cannot even give you a fixed departure time. How often do we rush to the bus stop before the scheduled time, only to wait and wait for a bus that has been delayed by congestion?
Back in 1968 and 1970, using the same arguments they are proffering today, light rail opponents voted down two regionwide rail rapid transit systems for which the federal government was ready to pay 90 percent of the cost. In 1972 they gave us instead a bus-only transit system.
Have buses, expanded roads and highways, a new and much wider Interstate 90 bridge and corridor, and myriad other infrastructure capital expenditures succeeded in relieving congestion? … Yet opponents of light rail want us to continue believing that “bus rapid transit” is the answer to congestion. I bet they have some snake oil to sell us too.
Buses are the adored from of public transit among people that don’t use public transit now and have no intention of using public transit ever, period, regardless of what form public transit takes in our region. The anti-transit activists’ motto: My car for me, the bus for you.