Mass Transit Is a Gov’t Failure
By Hans Bader | January 3, 2019 | 4:20 PM EST
So-called "mass transit" in the USA was not built by government, but by the private sector. What exists today is what socialist-minded government officials took over by means of draconian laws, taxation and regulations, particularly those that forced private companies to hold fares down to levels where they could not make money, thus "forcing" the government to step in. The rest was destroyed after the government officials deemed through central planning was "not needed".
On top of that, when road vehicles became commonplace, taxation was favorable to them versus the privately-owned bus, trolley and railroad companies. And all this became worse when air travel got a "boost" from government too. It's a fascinating yet sad history.