While on a recent trip to Seattle, I was tempted to ride on the local religious icon – the monorail relic from the 1962 world’s fair. I discovered that it was “out of service” at the time – and that it is often out of service. Like most political systems, this was a “special” project by a company that soon moved onto other areas. Parts, therefore, are a major problem – many have to be specially manufactured. In contrast, junk yards throughout America (and the world) keep old Chevies and Fords running forever. Isn’t it time for the mass transit types to recognize that the automobile has already solved the problem?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />