Comment 25700

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted June 26, 2008 at 00:22:48

Social Ecologist,

A toll road is a model of efficiency. Toll operators charge on the basis of distance driven, therefore it is in their interest for traffic to move as quickly and safely as possible. Traffic jams and the resulting higher gas usage are unheard of on well operated toll roads, in sharp contrast to government operated roads.

As far as private transit being inefficient, what metric are you using, emissions? What about HSR buses that carry a couple of passengers at a time, how is that efficient. If transit was left up to the free market, the only routes that would be offered would be the ones where profit could be made. Transit operators that spent more on gas than they made on fares would go out of business. Therefore, if a transit operator could stay in business, it means that they are using their inputs efficiently.

As far as your "earth crisis" is concerned, I find it interesting that you base your decisions on computer models. The large amount of bad mortgage loans that were made in recent years were also based on computer models. Human beings can do a lot of things, but they can't predict the future.

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