Opponents of public transportation are claiming that supporting the streetcar is an act of snobbery. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Streetcars will bring more and better public transportation to Cincinnati and serve a route where 48.2% of the population lives in households without an automobile. There is nothing snobbish about advocating for more and better quality transportation for the Citizens of Cincinnati.
Streetcars attract more riders than buses because they provide a higher quality of service. Streetcars cost more up front than buses because they provide higher quality transportation; you get what you pay for. For operational costs they spread the driver’s salary over 150+ people instead of 30 or 40. And, properly maintained, they last forever.
Dinner at Jean-Ro Bistro costs more than a cheese coney; Christian Moerlein costs more than Natural Light—you get what you pay for. Bearcat Football tickets cost more than the Bengals… okay well maybe not everything works this way, but most things do.
Would anyone ever suggest that choosing to take higher quality roads is snobbery?
- “Don’t be a snob, take the Reading Rd. all the way to Mason instead of I-71.”
- “Don’t be a snob, take 2nd Street instead of Fort Washington Way.”
- “Don’t be a snob, use the Brent Spence Bridge until it falls into the river instead of replacing it.”
- “Don’t be a snob, drive slower instead of filling in those potholes.”
- “Don’t be a snob, buy a car without air conditioning.”
- “Don’t be a snob, fly only in propeller-driven airplanes instead of jets.”
Of course not.
adapted from an earlier post