Cars are Better for the Environment and more Convenient than Trains in L.A.

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 10th, 2011

Week in Review

California is going broke.  Out of control public sector pension and health care costs.  The high cost of regulation hindering the economy.  And spending money on light rail that the people don’t want.  And makes it take more time to get from point A to point B (see 17 Miles in Just 78 Minutes! Light Rail vs. Reality in LA by Reason TV posted 12/9/2011 on YouTube).

They spent billions of dollars for these trains.  They’re slower than the buses.  They run emptier than the buses.  They subsidize them almost 10 times as much as the buses.  And the average light rail trip uses more energy than a car per passenger mile.  About twice as much.  Which means they contribute more to global warming than cars do.  In other words, this is why California is in the financial mess they’re in.  Bad government policy.

It took 78 minutes to travel 17 miles.  If you do the math that’s about 13 miles per hour.  If you drove in a car on a road with a 35 mph speed limit you would have made it in about 30 minutes.  For a round trip that’s an hour of drive time compared to about 2 .6 hours of train time.  Well, train and bus time.  Because there are a few transfers.

Cars are cheaper and use less energy than trains in L.A.  And they are so much more convenient.  So why are they replacing cars with trains?  More union jobs to build these lines.  And more public sector jobs to run these lines.  That and I guess for the global warming.


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