The Case Against Rail Transit

The basic case against rail transit can be stated in six words: Costs too much; does too little. Rail is extraordinarily expensive to build and expensive to maintain. Unlike buses, which can go on just about any of the 4 million miles of highways, roads, and streets that can be found across the nation, railcars can only go where there are rails, which reduces rail transit’s usefulness for most people.

Rail Transit Costs Too Much
Rail Transit Suffers from Cost Overruns
Rail Transit Suffers from Ridership Shortfalls
Rail Transit Has Many Hidden Costs