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High Gas Prices No Boon for Transit

Leonard Gilroy
August 14, 2005, 6:15am

Despite a legion of vocal advocates and lavish public spending, public transportation can't seem to snag more than a 10% share of commuters in most areas. Despite gas prices over $2.50 per gallon, this is unlikely to change. The "why" is simple: outside of places like NYC or DC, transit is just plain inconvenient: Full article here. It's amazing that so many communities fall for the lure of shiny new light rail systems that promise modernity and prestige, but don't offer the one thing that would actually make them useful—:convenience for riders. Classic case of form over function.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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