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Unformatted text preview: se gas reduction program. Personal freedom and cost play a large role in guiding the consumer’s preferences, but those preferences begin to change when certain population densities and price points make mass transit more competitive with other readily available alternatives.204 In achieving the proper price point for mass transit, the expense of constructing the project and the on-going operational costs can overburden these options, making them unaffordable choices in the consumer’s eyes when other important factors, such as population density, weigh against them.205 However, in these situations, the government can strategically provide financial incentives that can level the opportunity costs and give consumers viable alternatives, despite the drawbacks from other important aspects.206 Thus, a variety of market factors like personal freedom, population density, and cost must reach critical levels whereby consumers are willing to consider meaningful substitute modes; but the financial model for the entity providing the service needs to be viable, with adequate funding from all of its sources. [____] Reason that people don’t use public transportation is because it is not available – plan could resolve this Weyrich and Lind 2003 (Paul M. and William S., “How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiry”, October, A major reason why Americans do not use public transportation at the same rate as Europeansis that good public transportation is not available. As we noted in an earlier study, only about one-half of all Americans have any public transit service, and only about one -quarter have service they call “satisfactory.”34 In most cases, high quality transit – transit good enough to draw riders from choice – means rail transit. That, in turn, usually means electrified railways, if the rail transit system is carrying lots of passengers. 23 | P a g e Mass Transit Affirmative BDL Answers to: No Riders [____] [____] People will ride mass transit – becoming increasingly popular, especially with new generations Grescoe 2012 - writer, frequent contributor to the NYT, the Independent, and National Geographic, (Taras, Straphanger: Saving our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile) If you credit the demographers, this transit trend has legs. The “Millenials”, who reached adulthood around the turn of the century and now outnumber baby boomers, tend to favor cities over suburbs, and are far more willing than their parents to ride buses and subways. Part of the reason is their ease with iPads, MP3 players, Kindles, and smartphones: you can get some serious texting done when you are not driving, and earbuds offer effective insulation from all but the most extreme commuting annoyances. Even though there are more teenagers in the country than ever, only ten million have a driver’s license (versus twelve million a generation ago ). Baby boomers...
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