Tim Cavanaugh on How Rail Screws the Poor


To spend billions on infrastructure and end up with fewer people using mass transit is an absurd result, yet as Tim Cavanaugh reports, that's precisely what's happening in Los Angeles, where the LA Country Metropolitan Transit Authority is pushing a costly and unnecessary light-rail line while simultaneously reducing bus service. Why would a public transit authority want to reduce its number of paying customers while adding expensive, inflexible capacity that is destined to be severely underused?