2979Re: [CarFree] Living car-free in Mexico
- Aug 7, 2001=v= Interesting discussion, but as I see it, a few things have
gotten mixed up here.
=v= I was motivated to go car-free because I saw what cars and
car-based land use do to society, but also for ecological
reasons. Buses don't address land use at all, and are only
marginally better for the environment -- especially the buses
being described here, which are poorly-maintained and run on
low-grade fossil fuels.
=v= Don't forget that in the U.S., car, oil, and tire companies
deliberately imposed bus service as an unattractive replacement
for rail service, thereby discouraging people from using mass
transit and instead buying cars. Buses will never be nearly as
comfortable as rail, nor will they ever be as energy-efficient.
=v= In the U.S. as in Mexico, buses are cheap and inferior
service, primarily used by the poor, and primarily planned as
service for communities of color. (Robert Bullard refers to
this phenomenon as "transportation apartheid.") The described
situation in Mexico doesn't suggest land use planning, but keep
in mind that it's just a particular niche, planned to be so.
The apparent "free market" dynamics are just chaotic processes
within that niche.
=v= At any rate, any situation in which inefficient, polluting
buses are "naturally" the most competitive is a situation that's
propped up with the usual hidden subsidies.
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