Thursday, February 26, 2009

If government in the US wants to grow mass transit, why does it create difficulties?

In the parts of the USA which have decent rail service ridership has been declining. Yet, in many parts of the North-East there is a several year waiting list for parking spaces. The system grew in the "Mad Men" days when families owned one car and the wife dropped the husband off at the train station. Now, each spouse has a job and a car, so parking at the train station is essential. Many want to ride the train, but there are few multi-story structures, which would also make travel easier in bad weather. So all those on the waiting list for parking permits are forced to drive to work even though they would rather take the train.

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