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Electric car success a bad sign for public transit

To the editor: I am incredulous that the reporter got all the way through his article about electric car maker Tesla without stating what Tesla's success would mean. ("Tesla factory racing to retool for new models," Feb. 15)

If Tesla Motor Corp. or any other auto manufacture is a raving success with electric vehicles, it will mean that the nation completely failed the next generation by not making much-needed investments in mass transit. The electric car is not the answer to traffic congestion, livable cities, long commutes or urban renewal. Public transportation is.

A true innovator would be someone wealthy and influential who told the nation that if the U.S. wants to be a leader in the global economy of the future, this aversion to higher taxes to pay for infrastructure has to end.

Adreana Langston, Long Beach

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