A close reading Wendell Cox's op-ed ("Before increasing taxes, increase trust," Oct. 12) will reveal a problem with his so-called reasoning. He asserts that it is an "...illusion ... that transit can attract a material share of drivers from their cars." He thus conveniently ignores the large number of public transit riders in Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta, among others.
He writes "...approximately 45 percent of Maryland's road and transit funding has been spent on transit." This is highly questionable, and Mr. Cox needs to provide us with documentation for such a bald assertion. He goes on: "Yet, transit only accounts for approximately 3 percent of travel in the state." Again, where is his documentation for such an assertion? The reader is given no indication of the essential "compared to what?" Is Cox referring to cities, metro areas, or the whole state? It is meaningless to refer to the whole state because public transit is usually offered for urban and suburban travel, not rural.