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I just got done reading:http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2008/06/pick_your_road.html a blog post entitled "Pick Your Road: The U.S. vs. Europe" by Bryan Caplan where he compares and ultimately chooses the European model for transprotation. He states..."Much as it pains me to admit, I would choose to live in the country with the Euro system. If you're at least upper-middle class, the convenience is worth the price. Yes, this is another secret way that Europe is better for the rich, and the U.S. for everyone else."I tend to agree but for slightly different reasons. Having worked for Parking and Transportation at the University of Minnesota I've seen first hand how personal finances, rightly or wrongly, dictate the commute. I've seen teaching doctors negotiate heated contract parking into their contracts. I took the bus to and from work and then drove about in a Universtiy car because I couldn't afford a parking contract. This is all anecdotal I know but I''ve watched as a commuter campus evolved into something of a transportation hub. Buses and now light rail go directly through the University.