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Transit's one-way ticket

Transit's one-way ticket

The success this summer of a fledgling downtown streetcar line in Kansas City has been "eye-popping," the local press reports, with thousands more riders than anyone predicted. Voters love such urban transportation projects, too — in 2014, more than two-thirds of transit-funding referendums won approval. Ridership on all forms of transit, from buses to subway lines, reached a 58-year high last year to a total of 10.8 billion trips nationwide.

Given that level of public interest and support, it's fair to ask anyone running for Congress or the White House this year: What are you going to do about improving public transportation? No matter the candidate, the answer is...