Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Putting us on?

Today's LA Times reports: "Mayor rides the SUV, not the MTA ... Villaraigosa promotes use of public transit, but he doesn't spend much time on the bus and subway system ... From the moment he took office nearly 18 months ago, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made traffic gridlock a cause celebre -- exhorting Angelenos to help solve the problem by forsaking their cars whenever possible . ... "

The rest of the story points out that the Mayor takes transit once a month but is otherwise too busy to make it work for him.

I will never know whether these guys (politicians and newspaper reporters) cannot connect the dots or whether they are putting us on. Transit in America is very lightly used because it is just too expensive -- in terms of what counts most, our time.