Here is a remarkable set of talks. From Jan 20 2010. (see the video that pops up).
This covers three extremes (there seem only to be extremes):
- anti-rail solves congestion - Randall O'Toole
- pro-transit solves congestion - Michael Replogle
- nothing solves congestion - Anthony Downs
I will not correct them. They are each partly right and partly wrong. Rather I note that none is fully acceptable to all commuters and that pricing is critical no matter which flavor you prefer. In fact, the only thing that ALL three DO agree on is that market pricing - or pay relative to use - is critical.