Bus Cuts Drive Americans Back to Cars | CommonDreams.org: "People should recognize that it is very easy to say that everybody should ride public transit, but far harder to construct such systems that take people where they want to go efficiently and safely.
That is part of the problem now. Service cut-backs add too much time to the schedules of working people and parents, who typically have no other reasonable option but the automobile. And in the vast majority of American suburbs and rural areas, mass transit doesn't even exist.
Also there is this issue: In the San Francisco Bay Area, transit investment has increased by 50% over the last 25 years, but overall ridership has increased by only 7%. Yikes! That is a hugely inefficient use of resources. We almost certainly could have saved money and gotten more people on board by simply giving them free rides."