Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Dark Side of BRT

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I haven't taken a position for or against BRT, but I think this is one of the better arguments I've heard in opposition. Money quote:

"We are in a serious global crisis. We need serious change now - not later. With regard to driving, that change is going to come in the aggressive retirement of the internal combustion engine in favor of electric cars. That is the big show in the immediate picture. Mode shift to public transit is a part of the picture yes, but we have to see it in its proper place. It will play a smaller role in the immediate future and a gradually larger role decades from now, even for BRT systems that are good ideas for their particular locality, which this is not. In the meanwhile, BRT systems which are not well thought out and create significant congestion will actually make matters worse, and harder for us to meet aggressive emission reduction targets."

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