John McCain’s anti-pork crusading has always been more admirable than effective. Recently, McCain revealed an anti-transit bias in his quest to cut pork. McCain opposed only one highway-funding earmark, but as of last Friday he had identified a slew of transit projects that he deemed unworthy of funding. A few of the programs he wanted to axe struck me as particularly ironic, given McCain’s famous use of the “Straight Talk Express” bus during the campaign:
- Wilshire Boulevard bus-only lanes and the Metro Gold Line extension in L.A.
- bus rapid transit from Bellevue to Redmond in Washington state
- the Tennessee statewide bus program
For a reminder of why good transit is important, especially for self-avowed conservatives like McCain, read David Schaengold’s piece on the subject, here.