I loathe public transport. The only redeeming feature of it is loads of other people take it…and aren’t on my roads or in my way.
Politicians love to push people on to public transport…but it seems more and more are ignoring their pleas, especially millennials.
More than a quarter of U.S. government spending on surface transportation goes to mass transit, and yet mass transit accounts for less than 2 percent of total trips taken nationwide. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Marc Scribner attributes this eye-popping mismatch to a persistent “falsehood peddled by the transit lobby:” If you build it, they will come.
A stunning chart put together by the University of South Florida’s Steve Polzin illustrates how transit supply has failed to create its own demand.
The blue line represents transit ridership; the red line shows the expansion of the country’s mass transit infrastructure going back to 1970. Their divergence is a “report card on productivity that mom and dad would hardly be proud of,” Polzin writes. It’s also a statistical representation of a sad yet all-too-familiar scene in American cities: empty light rail trains chugging along main streets in deserted downtowns. Read more »