All these discussions regarding the train making money I really don't understand. We don't have these discussions regarding park and ride or the metro, so why are we having them about the train? This is about public transportation and unfortunately public transportation has never made money.
Right. Public transportation isn't supposed to make money. It is to generate multiple benefits for the economy and its citizens -- and to reduce externalized costs from alternative activities that are imposed on everyone and the environment.
Since when is the role of government to "make money"? This is a false premise underlying the current "debates" in politics, that somehow the "business model" should be the government model for schools, healthcare, the environment, and every other facet of American life. So the Republicans close schools, while cheering at ribbon cuttings for a new WalMart. Is this the country YOU want?
well, isn't that just dandy. And right before the International Folk Art Market, which as we know brings HUGE revenue to the Museum, and Spanish and Indian Market following on its heels. Thousands of tourists and locals came up last year for all three of these occasions, and saved themselves fuel and parking.