Bush Promotes Private Sector: Cancels Shuttle for Football Fans

Seattle's Metro used to have a shuttle to get people to Seahawks games. Not any more. (Seattle P-I.)

the Bush administration began requiring public transit agencies such
as Metro to step aside when private operators say they want to provide
service. Starline Luxury Coaches of Seattle has done so this year.

The Seahawks rejected Starline's bid, saying it would have
dramatically raised fares and wouldn't have picked passengers up at the
park and ride lots as Metro did.

But since Starline is still interested and is not disqualified under
federal rules, Metro can't step back in, and fans are left without the

I think free-marketers would call this "the law of unintended consequences."

Or…maybe not.