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On Saturday 03 June 2006 15:03, Jacob S <stormspotter@6texans.net> was 
heard to say:
> They were having such a riot, they talked the city governments into
> giving them even more money to start a rail line. It's faster than
> the bus, but only if you want to go to a very selective spot in the
> downtown of a member city. Otherwise you have to use the rail to
> get to a bus stop so you can still have a 2 hour long ride.

That's been the experience with every city that has put in "light 
rail". Trains that no one uses, so it ends up costing taxpayers to 
keep the while elephant alive. San Jose, California, where I lived 
for a while, had only %14 of their operating costs covered by ticket 

> I don't buy into the public transportation sales pitch, if you can
> call it that.

The Future of Freedom Foundation ran a very interesting series of 
articles outlining the New York City subway disaster. It turns out 
that they were privately built, and operated at a profit for decades, 
until the city government turned on the regulatory screws. They 
eventually went bankrupt, and were bought out by the only buyer left: 
that same city government.

Not only has the system never been profitable since, ridership 
continues to drop since the just-pre-buyout peak around 1940.

Unfortunately, the articles are delayed a few months after their print 
publication, but they will be available soon at 

BTW, buried deep in the Portland, Oregon, planning commission report 
is an analisis of what cities have the same kind of roads for a given 
population, multi-use high-density buildings, overall population 
densities, all the factors that the planning commission has 
targetted. And the city that the Portland City Planning Commission 
found most closely matched their targets? Portland, your future 

Los Angeles, California.

I'm sorry, but I'm not making this up.


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planning advocates in American history

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