Re: [carfree_cities] Cost per mile of Road, vs Rail ... IS NOT ENOUGH OF THE PICTURE!
- Jym Dyer wrote:
>=v= Additionally, the cost per mile of building roads or railsJym, governments and corporations don't care about the long term, if that
>is not the best focus, for two reasons, one minor and one major.
>=v= The minor reason is the "per mile" comparison, because it
>sidesteps the question of land use patterns. Road-building in
>the U.S. these days mostly means sprawl, a pattern involving
>miles and miles of highways, arterials, streets, and driveways,
>all spread out. Rail-building, ideally, means transit-oriented
>development that's more compact.
>=v= The major reason is that this comparison is entirely one of
>short-term costs, not long-term ones. Short term, it costs less
>to build roads. Long term, they cost more to maintain. Plus
>those off-loaded costs mentioned above. Plus they require more
>energy to travel on, which means higher fuel costs, which also
>means more pollution, which in turn means more environmental
>and health costs.
>=v= Any accounting that stops at the short term to ignore the
>long term is foolish.
were the case then us North Americans wouldn't be in the transportation
cesspool that we are in right now. ASD