The Next Conservatism, a new blog about conservatism in general and the writings of Paul Weyrich in particular, links to a Nov. 14 article by Mr. Weyrich, in which he urges conservatives to support public mass transit initiatives. Mr. Weyrich supports this argument with data suggesting that most such projects (especially light rail and streetcars) are successful insofar as they exceed their projected ridership. He also notes that in the last election, voters “approved almost every significant referendum for transit.”
They argue that traffic congestion does much more harm than is generally appreciated, and that municipalities’ programs aimed at making traffic worse in order to encourage people to use mass transit are deeply mistaken. They also argue that fixing traffic problems is easier and cheaper than is popularly thought.
I haven’t yet gotten a copy of the book, but it will be interesting to compare with Mr. Weyrich’s previous publications on the topic.