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This Chart Explains Why Your City's Proposed Train Line May Not Get Built

Just about every urban dweller has spent time mired in a traffic jam, or stewing on a train platform waiting for a delayed ride to work, and thought, "if only this city had more or better public transportation options, my commute wouldn't be so horrendous." Americans can take a perverse pride in our not-so-great public transit systems, often much less expansive and reliable than those in other countries. While we often claim our auto-focused culture is the culprit, research by Alon Levy (graphed and commented on by John Ricco) makes it clear that the price of construction plays a key role in inhibiting the expansion of public transportation in this country.

New York City's transit expenditures beat everywhere else >>