The Public Purpose

PRESS RELEASE
Wendell Cox Responds to
Parsons Brinckerhoff Personal Attack:

18 April 2001

Wendell Cox Consultancy has often criticized transit projects that are excessively costly and ill-suited. The effectiveness of the arguments raised by Wendell Cox Consultancy, through its web site, The Public Purpose, has triggered an attack by urban rail developer Parsons Brinckerhoff (authored by G. B. Arrington of the firm's Portland, Oregon office). Parsons Brinckerhoff, a large engineering firm with 250 offices around the world and nearly 10,000 employees has published the attack on the Center for Transportation Excellence Internet site (www.cfte.org). CFTE is an organization with ties to the US public transit industry.

Parsons Brinckerhoff examines a 13 statements published by Wendell Cox Consultancy (The Public Purpose) and concludes (erroneously):

    In every instance, Cox's statements are either inaccurate, distortions or claims not supported by the facts.

As with virtually all issues, there are at least two sides to the issue, and Wendell Cox Consultancy strongly supports the right of all parties to engage in good faith, professional debate. In a letter dated April 6, 2001 to Mr. Thomas O'Neil, Chief Executive Officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff, counsel for Wendell Cox Consultancy Timothy J. Bates wrote:

    In fact Parsons Brinckerfoff falls far short of proving any of its allegations by any reasonable standard. This leads to a concern on our part that Parsons Brinckerhoff does not intend to make a good faith contribution to the public debate and is maliciously inclined with respect to Mr. Cox.

Wendell Cox Consultancy has issued a full response to the Parsons Brinckerhoff attack, which can be accessed on The Public Purpose website.

Wendell Cox Consultancy is an international firm specializing in public policy, land use policy and transportation, and maintains Internet sites at www.publicpurpose.com and www.demographia.com. Wendell Cox is principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy. He was appointed as the only non-elected office holder member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) three times by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and served from 1977 to 1985. LACTC had jurisdiction over all public transit and highway development in the nation's largest county (9 million population). During that period, the professional planners of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) elected him as chairman of the APTA Policy and Planning Committee (1982-1984). Transit board members elected him as Chairman of the APTA Governing Boards Committee (1984-1985). During his time on LACTC Wendell Cox authored the amendment that provided the local funding to build the Los Angeles rail system a set aside of 35 percent of Proposition A tax revenues (1980). In 1985, he founded Wendell Cox Consultancy, which adopted the following mission statement:

    To facilitate the ideal of government as the servant of the people by identifying and implementing strategies to achieve public purposes at a cost that is no higher than necessary.

(c) 2001 www.publicpurpose.com --- Wendell Cox Consultancy --- Permission granted to use with attribution.
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Alternatives to Light Rail in Seattle

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