The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Maybe it's the fact that my Red Line train caught on fire again

but this article by P.J. O'Rourke struck a chord with me this morning:

Heritage cites the Minneapolis "Hiawatha" light rail line, soon to be completed with $107 million from the transportation bill. Heritage estimates that the total expense for each ride on the Hiawatha will be $19. Commuting to work will cost $8,550 a year. If the commuter is earning minimum wage, this leaves about $1,000 a year for food, shelter and clothing. Or, if the city picks up the tab, it could have leased a BMW X-5 SUV for the commuter at about the same price.

(Hat tip, Ann Althouse)


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