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Many critics of rail transit systems use inaccurate analysis: Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Biased data often used when calling rail transit options ineffective.

Criticism of rail transit often overlooks, misrepresents dataA report called "Evaluating Rail Transit Criticism" by Todd Litman for the Victoria Transport Policy Institute was released this past September. In it, Litman says that critics of rail transit often underestimate the full costs of added automobiles and congestion impacts.

The cover of the report states: "This report... examines claims that rail transit is ineffective at increasing public transit ridership and improving transportation system performance, that rail transit investments are not cost effective, and that transit is an outdated form of transportation. It finds that critics often misrepresent issues and use biased and inaccurate analysis."

Filled with data and references, Litman writes that there needs to be a balanced approach to evaluation of public transit systems, especially rail systems which require a heavy commitment to infrastructure that critics point to as not being a cost effective method of moving people.

Links and sources
  Evaluating Rail Transit Criticism - Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, September 2009

Posted: December 13, 2009

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