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http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2009/01/light-rail-and...

Quite a while back, I made a light rail bet. I said that for the capital cost of constructing these systems, I could purchase every regular rider a Prius, and with the annual operating deficit each year could purchase gas for all these Prius’s for a full year. This bet has not yet proved wrong (LA example), even for heavy rail (Albuquerque example). Now, though, in addition to being more cost effective, the hybrid is also more energy efficient.
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Then there's this assessment of Denver's commuter rail system:

http://ti.org/DeceptionsWeb.pdf

people who ride Denver’s light rail when gasoline prices rise are not saving energy: they are merely imposing their energy costs on other taxpayers. If oil prices rise again, people can save more energy by buying more fuel-efficient cars than by riding energy intensive rail transit lines.
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It's not about energy efficiency. It's about herding you into apartments within walking distance of rail lines. It's about tightening the screws.

--fleg
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