Many urbanites don’t even own cars… or have driver’s licenses. Mass transit is truly effective in the big cities. Done right, as it has been in cities around the world like Montreal and Disneyworld, it’s downright pleasant. Takes a lot of the stress out of getting where you’re going.
Unfortunately, artificial efforts to force mass transit have given it a bad name. Here in NH we have a major interstate highway, I-93, that is finally being updated many years after the expansion was planned… and needed. A political group headquartered in Boston called (if my memory serves) “The Conservation Law Foundation” filed lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit to try to force NH to build a railway rather than expand I-93. They set the project back 10 years and many millions of dollars with their harassment suits. There used to be a railroad from upstate NH to Boston years ago. It was shut down 'cause nobody used it. It went bankrupt.
I support mass transit radiating out of the city IF there’s a demand and it can be self-supporting.
I do not support forcing it on the public at our cost where it isn’t appropriate. If it’s truly better alternative for the specific application, we’ll use it gladly.
Self-driving cars, however, (the subject of the thread) I sort of look forward to, as long as they can be made safe and affordable… and I believe (perhaps hope) they will in the not-too-distant future. I may lose my ability to drive in not-too-many years, and it’d be wonderful to be able to go wherever I want whenever I want safely and comfortably when that day comes. I already have difficulty making long drives on days when I’m in pain, and having a self-driving car would be a blessing to me.