Letters to the Editor

Making transit work

Re "The five myths about suburbia and our car-loving culture" : The authors would have the reader believe that Americans aren't any more addicted to driving than, say, the average office worker is to the computer; public transit doesn't reduce traffic congestion; air pollution can be cut in other ways besides giving up driving; America isn't being paved over to any large degree; and global warming cannot be adequately dealt with unless we stop driving.

That "public transit doesn't reduce traffic congestion," I agree in the sense that nationwide, according to the authors, roughly 5% use public transit to get to work. In that sense, transit doesn't significantly reduce traffic congestion.

However, if a significant number of workers used public transit, provided it's made more widely available and it's properly and effectively marketed, there are employer-provided incentive programs encouraging its use, it serves the mobility needs of a majority of an area's citizenry getting riders to and from areas where people want and/or need to go, and did so comfortably, economically, effectively, reasonably quickly and safely, then public mass transit would probably contribute significantly toward reducing traffic congestion.

Alan Kandel