Comment 29832

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted March 30, 2009 at 10:55:25

Ryan >> Since market forces are by definition unreliable at taking market externalities and collective action problems into account, democratic governments have a legitimate role in ensuring that a person's use of their property is not harmful to others.

Karma, my friend. When you limit someone's freedom, unless it's for a life and death situation, you probably should expect the same to happen to you someday.

>> The experiences of other cities that have built light rail systems overwhelmingly indicates that the ROI for light rail is very impressive indeed.

So you're saying that it will be able to fund operations through customer revenue? Unless it can do this, then it will by definition not have a positive return on investment, since that requires profits. Positive externalities don't count as profits, nor do people's opinions, just real cash left over after costs.

JonC >> As a collective, we determine what our goals are and legislation is enacted to meet those goals.

Thanks for your input comrade.

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