Life After Mass Transit – Save Your Life and Drive a Car

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Bigger Pie Forum | Life After Mass Transit – Save Your Life and Drive a Car | Ashby Foote
 
The Coronavirus has disrupted just about everything, but few things as much as transportation networks in and around big metropolitan areas.  The global pandemic could be a back breaker for these mass transit systems and the authorities that run them.  Here’s an interesting factoid from Randal O’Toole at the Cato Institute: 44 percent of all U.S. transit rides in 2019 took place in the New York – northern New Jersey urban area.  Is it a coincidence that as of 5/14/20, 43 percent of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 came from New York and New Jersey?  A study from MIT in mid-April concluded that “New York City’s multitentacled subway system was a major disseminator — if not the principal transmission vehicle — of the Coronavirus during the initial takeoff of the massive epidemic that became evident throughout the city during March 2020.”  It turns out that subway cars, buses and elevator cars make ideal petri dishes for the COVID-19 virus.  Add Massachusetts to NY and NJ and you have 49 percent (42,854) of the U.S. deaths from just those three eastern seaboard states — all heavy users of mass transit.
Meanwhile, automobiles turn out to be a great way to stay safe and self-distance from the folks on the same street but in other automobiles.  Consider the double blind placebo test of California which is famous for its car culture and its urban sprawl.  California, which has 4 million more people than New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts combined, suffered only 3.5 percent (3,052) of U.S. deaths.  What?  If it really was an FDA double blind test, they would stop it immediately for humane reasons.  How can the lowly automobile bought, paid for and operated

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