Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Transit causes congestion" 

In 2001, then-Governor Grey Davis cut the ribbons on the last segment on southern California's I-105 and proudly announced that there would be no more of these. The future lies with buses and trains.

The governor did not realize that transit causes congestion. The funds diverted have badly clogged the state's highways. California has some of the worst roads in the U.S.

The California approach may be "green" but it also kills. A 31-vehicle crash on a tunnel of the I-5 killed two adults and a baby. There may be more victims. Truckers had been complaining about the state of the tunnel for years. The full costs in delays and repairs are still unknown.
This from Prof. Peter Gordon at USC. Come now to Minnesota, where Andy documents how the Democrats are not willing to fund a third of MnDOT's request for spending authority to start the I-35W bridge. Gary notes the commitment to transit held by Sixth District House candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg during his time as transportation commissioner.

Transit causes more than congestion. It diverts dollars from bridges, which now are being used as pawns for tax increases and as buses under which they wish to throw Carol Molnau.

I won't hold my breath waiting for a proper reckoning by the know-nothing media.

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