Business Insider, in this post, points out that such car-centric thinking actually drives up total costs: "...Because it evaluates transport system performance based primarily on travel speeds, conventional planning favor faster but more costly transport modes, such as automobile travel over slower but more affordable modes such as walking, cycling and public transit. This tends to create automobile dependent transport systems which increases total costs..."
Maybe one of these days we will get it. I doubt it will be any time soon. Expect a bigger, faster roadway to nowhere very soon. As an afterthought, someone might wonder how we are supposed to get over to the Krogerville Shopping Mall or down to the Los Alamos Co-Op and the rest of the Airport Basin without a car.
Thanks to Andy Cline over at Carbon Trace for getting me on this rant.
|From Todd Litman's report cited in the Business Insider article|