Thursday, July 27, 2006
I'm an advocate of changing our land use laws and increasing funding to support public transportation - especially for dedicated bus lanes, which seem to be the most efficient way of spurring greater use of transit. But it's also simple realism to recognize that in today's metro areas most people don't want to use public transportation and won't do so even if pushed by changed policies. The oft-heard assertion that Americans are "fed up with traffic" doesn't mean that they'd willing give up their auto rides for long walks to the transit stops, waits for a bus or train, and then another long walk to their destination, especially in a nation in which low-density suburbia has been policy for decades. Is this viewpoint simply a spoiled American one? Here's a similarly skeptical opinion from Toronto's Globe and Mail.