Instead... http://www.adronbhall.com and also http://www.transitsleuth.com
coding, coffee, beer, cocktails, blogging, etc... one of those things.
Blabby. So are you against the decades of marketing, messaging and other conditioning that went into convincing people it was safe to drive around (even though about 50k were killed a year for a while) at 20+ mph? Are you against the decades of conditioning that told people if they give up on their cities and move to the suburbs things will be better if they run away from their community and their problems? Are you against the conditioning to encourage people, "yeah, the suburbs are great, you can just drive EVERYWHERE!" You're against the conditioning encouraged by Ford and Chevy that "roads are the responsibility of the people" to the Government and it should provide all subsidy necessary to offset the private operation of alternatives (actual market decisions be damned I suppose)? Are you against the conditioning of people to love their cars more than other people? How about the conditioning that has led to increased road rage and violent behavior?
What kind of conditioning do you support and don't you support? I see you think biking is some form of "beahvioral change" from the Government planners, but it appears, that even with all the "Car love conditioning" and "suburbia love" conditioning people still made an objective request to allow some money to be allocated for "bicycling", mainly , as pointed out, merely some stripes on the road.
Doesn't seem very much like conditioning as you purport it to be, if a little small vocal minority rides (oh ya know, like 90k people in a 580k person city) and asks for infrastructure it seems to pan out that maybe they could lay claim to like 1% of the budget eh?
Yeah, in case it's hard to tell... that's smart ass sardonic sarcasm for ya. "Behavior change" my ass. btw - if you aren't handling math to well these days, 90k out of 580k is not a vocal minority, it's more of a substantial percentage of people and it is growing.
The irony, a city very close that only has one single light rail line and tons of bus service is taking BIGGER cuts than TriMet. TriMet is taking heat for this and that, but they've managed their budget better than most agencies in the area. There are however lots of solutions, but cutting capital investment on things that will save the agency tons of money down the road in operational costs (which is what is currently the real question of cost) will hurt us 10x over if we start planning for yesterday instead of tomorrow.
Seattle (that other city in question) has taken huge cuts because the simple fact is, cities are mostly responsible for their operational budgets and not as much of the capital expenditures. Seattle is now suffering much more than Portland with service cuts. They're forced into 2-4x as many cuts, many less frequent availabilities now, and more. They have barely a single line that actually runs at 17 minute or less headways, while Portland & TriMet has managed to keep a number of the routes here at decent headways.
The fact is, the light rail investment, even with the egregious investments in things that are NOT tracks and equipment (like art, sidewalks, mitigation and other things) will actually provide the area with vastly greater returns than not. Yes, the area is suffering cuts, the white house has done almost nothing to fill the gaps, and cities have voted against stop gap measures. In addition the citienzry is generally against the greedy tactics of TriMet AND the Union in their pithy arguments against each other. But the fact of the matter is, America and Portland included is going to have to do with less hand outs. Less road money, less transit money, less bridge money, less economic activity, and other issues for some time.
We built the problem, and we're gonna have to just deal with it.
California == Whiney Ppl. Shut up and get a proper coat/hood etc.
...or be smart and stop driving like a douche bag. Live local, walk, drive, or bike. f-it. :/
Wow, I kind of like all of these.
I am somewhat concerned by what Birdman79 wrote though. Decent law, but could enable some pretty serious harassment. I'd be right disturbed if I had to hear something about Jesus, Allah, or whoever while I'm at work. I go to work to do my work. End of story.
All I have to say, is when the CRC is dead, good riddance.
Excellent write up. Seriously, one of the most well written unbiased pieces every to come from the Mercury.
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