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Unformatted text preview: 27, 2011, http://www.america2050.org/2011/07/while-buses-play-a-valuable-role-they-are-no-replacement-for-high-speed-rail.html ,
July 2, 2012, pg 1; FAS)
(In championing buses as an alternative to intercity passenger rail, O'Toole neglects to address one of the most powerful
arguments for rail: providing an alternative to highway congestion. While using a bus instead of an automobile may intuitively
seem to ease congestion by reducing individual car trips and leaving more road space for other highway users, planners have known for
decades that providing additional road space does not solve congestion; in fact it creates additional demand for
driving. Indeed, despite public spending of $2.8 trillion on highways between 1982 and 2008, congestion only
worsened during that period, with average time wasted in traffic increasing 340 percent to 34 hours per year. Intercity
bus services run along highways, and are therefore subject to the same traffic jams that plague our automobiles. However, one railway with a
single track in each direction has the capacity to transport as many people per hour as sixteen lanes of highway . Even
if endlessly adding new lanes did work to curb congestion, our urba...
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