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Progress but no resolution in U light-rail dispute
And the other half? As for the first half I think that group is more broke than the second. Again, who is going to pay for this?
We should pay for it with a hefty rise in the gas tax... say to a moderate 80 cents per gallon or so, phased in slowly over a number of years, with all proceeds going to upgrading highways as well as funding capital for transit projects. It would mean pain at the pump.. but it's better than letting our roads, bridges, and transit systems fall apart in the name of sparing a dime here and there.
I understand the trepidation people feel when we hear of the constant operating losses that transit projects see... but you have to think of it in the grand scheme of things. Increasing mobility and efficiency in transportation leads to stronger economic growth. If we looked at the whole cost-benefit structure of a multi-modal, well developed, and well maintained transportation system, we'd find that it was immensely profitable in the end.
People are more likely to ride rails than they will a bus. People just don't like busses. Period. On top of that, studies have found that businesses are more likely to be successful and are more likely to locate next to rail transit systems because of the permanence they have. A bus route or no transit at all could mean wild swings in traffic... permanent steel rails means that traffic will continue to flow well into the future.
We need to build these light rail lines. They are expensive.. but the more we expand the system and the more interconnected they become, the more that people will use them and ultimately perhaps one day they will be profitable.
with both sides rapidly coming to a middle ground on how much they can jointly fleece the taxpayers for their mutual green-mail.........
As both sides bicker about this traffic and the price tag continue to rise!
but yep, we'll spend hundreds of billions to look for WMD that don't exist...long as it gets me cheap gas so I can keep drivin' that F150!
Who are they to get in the way of city projects by suing????????????
We need PCC street cars or the same street cars Seattle or Portland uses NOT LRT! This line is too urban for LRT..but try explaining that to the Met Council!
Its your taxes. There is no Transit fairy handing out money. You can bet they will want more taxation so the Fairy can fund more follies.
Way to take a totally unrelated topic (WMDs) and compare it to this one. Its almost as bad as conservatives screaming ACORN about anything about Obama. Keep up the good work.
I still do not like the light rail going down University Avenue in Saint Paul.
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