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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 07:53 PM
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Transportation infrastructure is crumbling, mass transit is broke even in the higest ridership city
New York mass transit authority is so broke they're asking the city to pay for a subway line:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

New York has the highest ridership of mass transit in the USA. If *they* are broke then what chance of breaking even (let alone being profitable) does mass transit have in all other areas of the nation where ridership is lower.
... ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._cities_with_h...

Obviously, none of the money put into mass transit will ever be returned to the tax payers, the only outcome is more and more money to be paid for repairs, upkeep, expansion, fraud and / or incompetence (reference the $1 Billion lost from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit).

Roads, bridges, highways, and freeways are also crumbling and in need of TRILLIONS of dollars of repair costs. Should we dump all that cash into a system that produces nothing but more gridlock; studies have shown that each time a new freeway is put in it only takes 5 years for those roads to be just as crowded as the roads they were meant to ease traffic from. More roads is not the answer. More vehicles means more pollution and more dependence on foreign fuel sources, with all the political and national security downsides that come with it.

With all that in mind, What is the Solution?

It's time for a change. When the steam engine trains, which had to stop every few miles for water, became too expensive or too inconvenient a *replacement* technology was found. There are millions of examples of old ideas being tossed to the wayside in favor of something better, more convenient, or more efficient.

And what is 1.) Better; and 2.) More Convenient; and 3.) More Efficient than both roads/vehicles *and* existing mass transit?


Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit

Transportation that works for people, the economy and the environment
http://www.cprt.org/CPRT/Home.html

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