Friday, November 12, 2010

Transit policy is screwing me over (III)

Building on these posts and this tweet, I just wanted to point out that conservatives often like to cling to the idea that transit should pay for itself, and if it doesn't, it's not worth building. The thing is, the federal highway fund has had to be bailed out by the general fund, and that problem is only going to get worse as cars get more fuel efficient. The status quo of car-based suburban sprawl is the beneficiary of all kinds of explicit and implicit subsidies. The position that transit, which has many benefits beyond "getting from point A to point B" must pay for itself seems disingenuous. The people advancing these arguments either lack knowledge of the subsidies in place for car-based development, or are just grabbing at straws to oppose any kind of transit development.

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