opinons = assholes.
nearly everyone who has a quibble with erica's article bases their argument on fear. "but what about the truck-based jobs?" when gas is $5/gallon, those will be the only vehicles on the road.
enough fear-based civic planning.
#1 Max -
Could you please reword your comment? I have no clue what the point or argument is.
I'm glad to see most people got my point that, with the growth (double population by 2040) in Seattle, we have to start building real transit - bus, streetcars, monorails (Sky Train, whatever), light rail - no matter what.
Just think, if we'd voted for the Green Line, we'd be done already.
The Nader analogy cracks me up. I'm not sure which would be the "Dubya" choice, but I don't recall that Al Gore has been clamoring for maintaining highway capacity recently. My guess is that the surface + transit option is *exactly* what he'd be flogging.
$5 per gallon of gas is still pretty cheap. There would be squawking, but it wouldn't actually change behavior that much. As a fraction of people's earnings, in constant dollars, gas is not far from its historically low price. A gallon today costs about 10 cents in 1949 dollars, or about a third of the actual cost in 1949, adjusting for average wages.
I also note that worldwide 380 new car factories building 100,000 cars each will be opened in the next decade, mostly in China and India. That doesn't include increased capacity at existing plants. The car boom has just barely begun.
5.00 or 7.00 or 9.00 a gallon - trucking will pass on the cost - sheer need
just how do you think every item in your house, in your office, in any store, in any school, in every GOD dAMNED FUCKING place (this is Slog) get there? Coolie rickshaw? Pack mule? Bike boy systems?
Back to planet earth, transportation is here to stay. Human kind has not looked back since the invention of the wheel. Duh, just where did some of these people learn critical thinking.
Tell us oh wise Fnarf. Why all the dull wits on these issues?
Does Erica really believe because she can walk, bike or bus to work - that 200,000 job holders in the region can do the same --- geez
I voted rebuild..... quickly
And I will vote for some new very steep taxes for more mass transit.....
by the way - Flex Car is great system to help not own, and drive on a measured schedule
#6 Jeez - everybody knows that stuff comes from the Internets.
I for one was jazzed when I got a mailer from the Sierra Club openly espousing the No-No vote - even though I voted yes for the Viaduct last week. Good to see enviro groups standing up for the correct position.
The funny thing is one of the early routes under consideration for the monorail was along Alaskan Way.
The main reason for removing it from consideration? To avoid getting caught up in the political mess over deciding what to do about replacing it.
Perhaps it's time to revisit rapid transit there?
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