Last month when I said more people in New Orleans needed private transportation to help save them from disaster, some readers took me to task and said public mass transit would be a better answer.
Here’s another interesting take on the idea I had not mentioned, noting public mass transit is not designed to do in an emergency evacuation what proponents envision. Designing a system to get people to and from work results in a very different system than one designed to evacuate a city, which means taking them from their homes out of the city altogether. Good article, read the whole thing.
We followed up with this post on basic transportation addressing the cost issue since some said the poor simply can’t afford a car.
This issue brings out the whole debate and you quickly get two general sides forming up, one says public mass transit, and smarter, more agressive government action in general, is the answer, the other side says individual responsibility plus the free market can do more with the added benefit of flexibility and instant response. The Kneeslider is firmly in the individual responsibility camp but I know many of our readers take the other view though they might not phrase it that way. It’s an interesting debate and everyone learns when we examine the issues, I know I do.
Update: and telecommuting keeps people out of the city in the first place