Public transit: higher cost, emissions

By Randal O'Toole: Public transit is frequently depicted as both a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to our everyday reliance on the automobile. However, public transit rarely stays out of the red and has a high environmental cost.

(Tennessee Center for Policy Research) By Randal O’Toole: Public transit is frequently depicted as both a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to our everyday reliance on the automobile. Almost every major city n the United States, including those in Tennessee, has launched its own public transit system – complete with buses, trains, trolleys, and more. However, these large transportation networks rarely stay out of the red and end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year. In Tennessee alone, the gap between transit expenditures and revenue collected from riders totaled $112 million 2008. Mass transit also fails to live up to its promise of being a greener alternative. Tennessee buses emit almost 50 percent more CO2 per passenger mile than the average car. (Read more…)