Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mass Transit aka Socialism Lite fails again

The modern day central planners have so many wonderful good intentions...isn't that enough??? They just want the best for us (eyes watering, fighting back the tears).

Unfortunately, all the good intentions in the world plus billions in taxpayer funded subsidies can't convince people in Los Angeles to take mass transit...in fact all the subsidized shopping built around mass transit stations is actually attracting more cars!!

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In Los Angeles alone, billions of public and private dollars have been lavished on transit-oriented projects such as Hollywood & Vine, with more than 20,000 residential units approved within a quarter mile of transit stations between 2001 and 2005.

But there is little research to back up the rosy predictions. Among the few academic studies of the subject, one that looked at buildings in the Los Angeles area showed that transit-based development successfully weaned relatively few residents from their cars. It also found that, over time, no more people in the buildings studied were taking transit 10 years after a project opened than when it was first built.

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The reporting showed that only a small fraction of residents shunned their cars during morning rush hour. Most people said that even though they lived close to transit stations, the trains weren't convenient enough, taking too long to arrive at destinations and lacking stops near their workplaces. Many complained that they didn't feel comfortable riding the MTA's crowded, often slow-moving buses from transit terminals to their jobs.

Moreover, the attraction of shops and cafes that are often built into developments at transit stations can actually draw more cars to neighborhoods, putting an additional traffic burden on areas that had been promised relief.