Transportation efficiency means more that just cost per passenger mile.

In a letter to the editor in The Des Moines Register, Lauren Lasswell asked, “Why do we support a transportation system that’s incredibly inefficient?”  (See link below to Lasswell’s letter published 8/14/20.)  She advocated for more public mass transit.  She wrote, “…the gas and money saved… would be astounding.”  She does not account for the fact that the vast majority of roads are paid for by fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, much of which would go away if people moved away from passenger cars to mass transit.  Also not mentioned is that our freely made individual decisions make it clear that most people prefer the convenience and time saved by using their own passenger car to go quickly and directly from any place to another.

3 thoughts on “Transportation efficiency means more that just cost per passenger mile.

  1. What neither she nor you mentioned is the reasons most systems are built. It is to reduce the pollution caused by vehicle exhaust. The other main reason is to reduce the commuter traffic.

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    • Kat, I assume that is especially true in large cities and much of the West Coast. In Iowa and other relatively rural areas I presume it is mostly to provide affordable transportation for the relatively poor. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it.

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