Evaluating Rail Transit Benefits: A Comment

Several recent articles criticize urban rail transit investments on grounds that they are ineffective at reducing traffic congestion and financially wasteful. This commentary challenges that view. It summarizes some of the findings of more detailed analyses of transit benefits and suggests that there is abundant evidence that high quality, grade-separated transit does reduce urban traffic congestion, and that urban transit improvements can be cost effective investments when all economic impacts are considered.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Elsevier
  • Authors:
    • Litman, Todd
  • Publication Date: 2007-1

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01042307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2007 11:47AM