Re: SOC: Urban Sprawl

From: James Wetterau (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 09:20:38 MDT says:
> I'm sure there are other trends and developments I'm overlooking. Comments?

Privatize the roads! Make all transit user-pays.

In New York City, for example, the subways orginated because they were
a good idea, and they were originally run by (competing) private
companies. The NYC subway system is still the most economical subway
system in the world, with user fares paying for over 75 cents on every
dollar spent on the system by the government. I believe that if run
by a private company, the NYC subway would be cleaner, profitable and
a viable business again. But just as the subway needs to be
privatized, so must the roads. After all, do long-haul commuters
really pay their fair share of the road costs? (To tell you the
truth, I don't know the answer, but I suspect that the federal and
state governments end up subsidizing driving, at least for certain

It's no good to say that private mass transit can work if you make the
highways a tax-funded pork barrel, too. Let free enterprise solve the

Unfortunately, transit at present is a massively government-meddled
with field.

James Wetterau

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