More Public Transport Nonsense

NRT publishes this little chart from the Greens.

“Orange and red all over the map – they don’t have decent trains or buses, and so are forced to take the car. As oil prices rise, life for people in those orange suburbs is going to become a lot more expensive.”

Except that’s not true.

The chart does not show “inequalities of transport”, it shows what people are doing, what they choose to do. There are for example, some very good public transport services going straight through some very red areas.

The reason why people don’t use public transport is because they have made the choice not to use it. If costs go up, they’ll switch to the public transport available when they make that decision, or maybe they’ll find their own solutions.

It’s also entirely possible that many of those people will never have suitable public transport, no matter how much government money is poured down that particular drain.

Of course, you could just trust people to run their own lives, coming up with their own solutions (such as purchasing a house near work), but I guess there’s no fun in that but it seems to have worked ok so far.

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