An argument for differentiated practice (on transportation policy)
A theme in the entries in this blog is that rather than one size fits all policies for "a nation" or "a state," it makes much more sense to differentiate.
Transit practice is a key example. Most trips in the US are conducted by car. But in certain places, primarily densely populated communities, transit captures a significant proportion of trips.
Just as many people scoff at the idea of bicycling as transportation, seeing bicycles as a toy, most people see transit as a conveyance for people who can't afford to own a car, transit therefore is seen as a social service, not a practical method and mode of transportation.
Transit policy ought to prioritize transit service in places where transit is highly used. (While still ensuring access for people who need it.)
A couple graphics illustrating data on transit use, drawn from the Pew Foundation panel study American Trendlines, illustrate the point. Northeastern cities and urban areas are where transit use dominates.