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11994[CF] Re: Rail vs. Buses

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  • billt44hk
    Mar 1, 2005
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      Americans often assume that we are priveleged with our UK rail
      networks. This depressing article in today's Times ''Fear grows for
      rail services as axe hangs over local stations'' gives a truer
      perspective i'm afraid.
      --- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, Jym Dyer <jym@e...> wrote:
      > >> The best transit systems in the world use an integrated
      > >> rail/bus system.
      > =v= Also a little sweeping, I'm afraid. Rail where appropriate
      > plus bus where appropriate makes sense (obviously), but rail
      > plus bus isn't always applied that way.
      > =v= A classic example is San Francisco, a city built around
      > streetcars and cablecars. If you look at old maps, you'll see
      > rail on nearly every street. What San Francisco has today,
      > though, is a lot of buses where rail is more appropriate. In
      > particular, buses that spew copious amounts of carcinogenic
      > diesel soot to get up steep hills.
      > > No wonder only the poorest of the poor rode that bus line.
      > =v= This is the thing underlying the "transit apartheid"
      > thread. So often the buses (and their carcinogenic exhaust)
      > get deployed in the neighborhoods of poor and/or minority
      > communities, while the richer and whiter are more likely to
      > get rail.
      > =v= Your experience points to another problem, because the
      > bus you were on was stuck in car traffic. Rail often comes
      > with a dedicated right of way and can avoid this situation.
      > (There are exceptions, San Francisco being one of them.)
      > There are also busways with a dedicated right of way, but
      > the hyped "flexible" nature of a bus often means it spends
      > crucial parts of its trip mixed in with and stuck in car
      > traffic.
      > <_Jym_>
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