Vibrant, Unsustainable Rail Transit
In Vancouver, Washington, city leaders are weighing a ballot measure that would impose a head tax – that is, a tax per employee proposed to pay for light rail. Either that or increase the sales tax, they say.
Vancouverites must envy the many benefits that justify the outrageous costs of rail transit. Perhaps they want the kind of vibrant urbanism you find in Chicago where a mob on the Red Line beat up a man whose wife dropped her iPhone and had the temerity to asked for it back.
Meanwhile, back in the Mecca of Smart Growth Portlanders are losing their downtown “Free Rail Zone,” and TriMet is raising fares and cutting bus service in its patchwork effort to keep trains on the rails.