Many people think building transit takes cars off the road. It doesn’t. Here is a delicious quote from a government study from Lawrence Solomon’s “Sweden proves congestion tolls work” (Financial Post/National Post Saturday 4 August 2007):
It "is not possible to show that the investments in public transport (park-and-ride facilities, expanded bus and rail services) had any visible effect on the total number of trips taken on public transport during autumn 2005, before the [congestion] charges began to apply," a government study states. "Of the 22% decrease in car travel across the charge zone, only 0.1% at the most could have been caused by the expanded bus services."