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Nikolas Schiller

I think the Salon article focuses too much on California's transit woes. Washington, DC, which has the second highest mass transit ridership in America, is about to get 1.5 billion in much-needed federal funds. Currently, the Washington, DC Metro is supported by ridership and state & local governments and has no dedicated source of funding. Regardless, mass transit works when its implemented & maintained well and should be funded properly on the state & federal level. Reading that the BART was running trains with broken doors sounds more like a safety hazard than a great way to commute.

claire

yeah, BART is annoying at the moment, but poised to become something more than that. and you're right, salon is too SF-centric.

SF does pose an interesting example, though, of an area that is geographically and culturally perfect for truly comprehensive mass transit, but that simply will not do what's necessary to make it happen.

freeways have been taken out in the last two decades, and parking has not increased (parking is still horrendous in the city), but transit has been rolling back as well. you can't drive easily across a city that is only seven miles wide, but you can't take a single bus or train across it, either. basically, a tiny city that can be walked across in a couple of hours cannot be traversed any other way. what kind of a crazy transportation policy is that?

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