We also need a "Bogometer" (measures 'bogusness', mentioned by Clifford
Stoll in his great book, The Cuckoo's Egg). We don't see all that much bogus
advice here, but when it does come along we should be ready.
On 3/30/06 7:23 AM, in article Xns97965580724D9tegger@188.8.131.52,
I don't buy that argument. Where I came from (Chicago 'burbs), the local
private mass transportation companies all died natural deaths in the '70s
when everybody started driving themselves. Ridership went down below
profitable levels and that was it.
The regional government transit monopolies that we saw (and continue to see
in many places) were started because the numbers didn't add up and the
citizens demanded busses anyway, not because of some insidious government
plot. When no one rode those busses either, mass transit simply went away
in the smaller towns.
I think if you could demonstrate a viable business model for mass transit,
you would have some.
Private transport companies are typically under crushing regulations
dictating when, where, and how they may (or MUST) offer service, what sort
of vehicles they may (or may NOT, or MUST use), and how much (or how
little) they can charge.
When faced with rigid rules like that, it's no wonder they go out of
business, or end up surviving on subsidies.
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