in the media: pro-roads language bias? is a massive investment in high-speed rail the answer to the recession?

Riders:

Some interesting reading for you for this Fourth of July weekend, with two transit-related pieces from The Huffington Post.

First, an article in which author John Robbins says the United States so prefers spending money on roads over public transit that our language reflects a pro-roads bias. An excerpt:

The bias is built into our language. We speak of “investing” in highways and “investing” in freeways and parking spaces. But we “subsidize” trains and buses. Officials criticize bus, rail, and other public transportation alternatives for “losing money.” Lost in this language is the fact that public transit is a civic necessity. Buses, railroads, and other forms of public transportation can no more “lose money” than roads and highways.

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Second, an appeal from TV’s Chris Matthews  to President Obama to make high-speed rail the focus of mass production to pull the country out of the recession. He writes:

Look, Lincoln built the continental railroads even in the midst of the Civil War. Ike built the inter-state highway system in the supposedly do-nothing Fifties.

President Obama… Just do it!

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One thought on “in the media: pro-roads language bias? is a massive investment in high-speed rail the answer to the recession?

  1. I had heard about the trolleys and trains that used to be a lot more abundant, and I wondered what had happened. Thanks for sharing these stories!

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