Lately, I’ve been in a mode where I can’t seem to read anything that is “too long”, which means I haven’t been keeping up with http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/. This is unfortunate because Yonah usually has smart things to say. Like the article above. It may also explain the time of day this entry was posted. :-/
The feds don’t subsidize transit operations, but they are happy to cut you a check for transit infrastructure. Not that there’s anything wrong with building more transit infrastructure, but the thing is that once it’s built, really, you should use it.
He picks on recent streetcar systems, and rightfully so, and notes that many have been built for non-trivial sums of money and then the number of cars per hours is abysmal. Two cars per hour, Little Rock? Really?
If you’re going to spend 8 or 9 digits on a system (LR’s was $16M), my dog, run it more than 2-3 times per hour!