“We are going to put this to rest,” Marble said. “Because they are pretty much not needed according to the Colorado Energy Office.” — Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Weld/Larimer
What’s left out is that most transit funding comes from the regional level.
For most Americans, transit doesn’t serve the complexity of most of their adult lives.
Carrying large packages, suitcases, or shopping bags on transit is awkward at best and impossible at worst.
Rather than maintain transit systems in a state of good repair, the transit industry has chosen to build more transit lines that it can’t afford to maintain.
Housing, jobs, and other destinations are so diffused throughout American urban areas that they don’t generate the large numbers of people moving from one point to another that mass transit needs to work.
As the state struggles to fund roads and bridges, there is no justification for forcing rural or low-income Coloradans to subsidize wealthier Front Range residents who want to buy a second or third vehicle.
Bottom line: If you already have a car, the variable cost of taking your car on any particular trip will be far less than the cost of riding transit.
Making transit systems work for more people would require using more small-box transit: small buses, vans, and so forth.
Taken as a whole, urban transit averages 14.1 mph, less than half the speed of driving in most cities.