07 Feb '12, 5pm

Why do we suck at building subways?

At Salon, Will Doig asks why American public transit projects have decades-long time lines, while in China, new transit projects open in a heartbeat. And as Matt Yglesias points out , American transit projects are also more expensive than comparable build-outs in other big, rich cities, like London. So what’s our problem? (Besides, you know, that we insist on safe working conditions and some environmental protections.) Doig has a few suggestions, including: We plan too much. We don’t have enough money invested in transit. Politicians want a transit project to serve their constituents. Or go nowhere near them! Either way, they can derail progress. We love cars too much. It’s not clear how to zap these problems into nonexistence. But, for starters, more money would help.

Full article: http://grist.org/list/why-do-we-suck-at-building-subways/

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