01 Aug '11, 3pm

Do you take the bus regularly? Deron does... and he's having a hard time 'Making Buses Better...'

I don’t like to take sides in the bus v. rail food fight – I believe they both have a role to play – but it does seem to me that buses, despite their cost-effectiveness, get the short end of the stick when it comes to investment. The ASCE study I wrote about on Wednesday also highlights this point. Deficiencies in bus service, the study shows, are more of a financial drain than poor rail service, costing $398 billion by 2020, as opposed to $171 billion for rail. Buses simply carry more people over more miles than trains do. And if we continue to discount the critical role buses play in keeping America moving, we will pay the price. There’s no question that buses have an image problem. (And when you have influential people like Bill Lind saying “live like a roach, ride a motorcoach,” it sure doesn’t help the cause.) Politicians prefer trains, and quite frankly, a lot of peo...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dlovaas/making_buses_be...

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