Randal O’Toole, The Antiplanner
According to pro-rail transit Metro magazine
, American cities face a dilemma: The demand for rail transit continues to grow, yet there is a scarcity of federal dollars to pay for it. In fact, most of the things the article says are wrong or, at least, they indicate that cities have too much money, not a shortage.
If it weren’t for this surfeit of funds, cities wouldn’t plan ridiculously expensive rail lines that, in most cases, do nothing for transit riders or transportation users in general. This is shown by all of the examples in the Metro article.
Los Angeles’ Westside Subway
will be less than four miles long yet is expected to cost well over…