The authors of this article apparently work for the Reason Foundation. This is a self-described libertarian think tank that is anti-government and anti-regulation. According to SourceWatch among their principal contributors are Exxon and Chevron.5 Myths About Suburbia and Our Car-Happy Culture
By Ted Balaker and Sam Staley
Sunday, January 28, 2007; Page B03
They don't rate up there with cancer and al-Qaeda -- at least not yet -- but suburban sprawl and automobiles are rapidly acquiring a reputation as scourges of modern American society. Sprawl, goes the typical indictment, devours open space, exacerbates global warming and causes pollution, social alienation and even obesity. And cars are the evil co-conspirator -- the driving force, so to speak, behind sprawl.
Yet the anti-suburbs culture has also fostered many myths about sprawl and driving, a few of which deserve to be reconsidered:
5 Myths About Suburbia and Our Car-Happy Culture
Any comments on these supposed myths? I'll start with this one (emphasis is mine):
OK - I absolutely support improving mass transit in any context. But I feel what the authors are really saying here is that mass transit should only serve those who have no other alternative and then only when it is most efficient to do so.But public transit still has an important role. Millions of Americans rely on it as a primary means of transportation. Transit agencies should focus on serving those who need transit the most: the poor and the handicapped. They should also seek out the niches where they can be most useful, such as express bus service for commuters and high-volume local routes.
In other words they would reduce service to limited windows for the morning and evening rush hours. Mid-day and late at night commuters would have to depend on their own resources to get to/from work.
And since most of us know that our daily schedules can change at a moment's notice and require us to work longer, go to work earlier, stay late to attend a class, etc. a mass transit system that only runs conveniently during rush hours quickly becomes too inconvenient for 95% of the people. So they opt out and drive a car.
If mass transit is to be a solution at all it must be a convenient choice even when your schedule doesn't match some city administrators' idea of when you should be going to/from work.