2981Re: [CarFree] Living car-free in Mexico
- Aug 7, 2001
> Buses still require roads to be sure but they wouldn't have to=v= That "if" is the crux. The only reason buses are economical
> be as large if traffic was reduced by concentrating it into a
> few larger vehicles.
is the existence of heavily-subsidized car-based transportation
infrastructure. The relationship is symbiotic. And if the goal
is to concentrate transportation into a few larger vehicles, it
makes more sense to use comfortable, energy-efficent vehicles,
which means rail.
> I don't see buses as a replacement for rail. Rail is=v= For short journeys, rail is comparable with buses in terms
> increddibly in-efficent for short journeys.
of energy used, but much better in terms of emissions. (This
according to Marcia Lowe of the Worldwatch Institute.)
> Yeah, as I mentioned before buses are percieved as a poor=v= It's not just perception, it's policy. I grew up in a blue-
> persons transport. Too bad. Hopefully that impression can be
collar neighborhood that was once middle-class. They marked the
transition by tearing out the tracks and putting in bus service.
Most buses are so uncomfortable that people will use other means
of getting around, unless they can't afford to.
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