Information Transportation
Meet Helsinki, City of the Future
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  • Boritz

    “…could do away with the need to own your own car.”

    There as here people’s needs are being determined more and more by anyone but themselves. How about this:

    …could provide the option to take public transportation whether or not you own a car as long as you are totally cool with that in the absence of any coercion whatsoever.

    • Andrew Allison

      Furnishing riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use is not coercion. The idea seems to be to make the utility more convenient and cost-effective than private ownership. Doing away with the need to own a car is not the same thing as doing away with private ownership of cars.

      • Corlyss

        “Furnishing riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use is not coercion.”
        Not as long as individuals are allowed to make their own decisions about car ownership and can afford cars. Americans are all about freedom, not cues waiting for state-controlled or city-controlled public transportation, which is always constrained by budget and cost. F-O-R-G-E-T I-T. This is the land of the free, emphasis on free, if we can keep it.

        • Andrew Allison

          I’m sorry, but to my mind “competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use” excludes coercion. There is no mention of any coercive policy, which was the point of my comment.

  • Corlyss

    In their silly little aggrandizing dreams. The Scandinavians struggle to find relevance to the rest of the world besides tiresome peace negotiators. They are too small, too bizarre, too focused on “caring” for their societies instead of letting the people manage their own affairs.

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