City What He Said
posted by November 10 at 11:00 AMon
From the blog Carless in Seattle:
I know the pro-bus, anti-rail Left is going to do their damndest to kill more light rail [in the wake of the Prop 1 vote]—assuming we get a chance to vote on mass transit independently from roads. I beg the pro-bus, anti-rail Left to think twice about this, and here’s why: we rail supporters and mass transit users don’t believe a word of what you’re saying, and if we split, the pro-asphalt crowd will win.
Here’s why we MetroKC and Sound Transit bus riders don’t believe you.
1. We know buses are inefficient and slower than single-passenger vehicles. We daily bus riders are constantly stuck in the traffic created by SOVs, we’ve missed our connecting bus because of that SOV-generated traffic, and we’ve sat gazing numbly out the window as the bus stops every two blocks while SOVs drive right on by.
2. We know that rail works. Anyone who has traveled to a major urban area other than Seattle has seen and experienced effective mass transit, whether it’s the Chicago L or the Paris Metro or even Portland’s partly grade-separated MAX. We want it.
3. We know you can’t create dedicated bus lanes without stealing them from drivers. Kemper Freeman & Co. hated a package that built 186 new lane miles. Just imagine how they’re going to react when you propose to steal 186 existing lane miles for “free-flow lanes crisscrossing the region.”
4. We believe bus advocates want to shaft us with a 2nd-class transit system while they keep driving. Seriously. We bus riders honestly feel that the pro-bus, anti-rail crowd—both Left and Right—are wealthy whites who will never use mass transit, and who want to give us more of the same crappy service we have now.