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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:47 PM

This election season, Americans pony up for public transportation





from Grist:


This election season, Americans pony up for public transportation
By Greg Hanscom


Slate’s business and economics correspondent, Matthew Yglesias, recently penned a paean to L.A.’s newfound love affair with mass transit, only to be pummeled by the L.A. Weekly:

Because L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the president’s longtime Latino pet, has burned through all his shills here at home, he now relies on D.C. journalists to spot his political ambitions. And boy, are they delivering … Earlier this week, Yglesias gave the Los Angeles mayor and his proposed Measure J transportation tax the slobberiest cross-country blow job to date.


Transcontinental oral sex aside, the Weekly has a point: Even as Villaraigosa has championed new light rail lines and bike lanes, L.A. County’s Metro has slashed bus service to some of the city’s most down-and-out neighborhoods.

But take heart, L.A. It could be worse. You could be Atlanta.

Atlanta’s transit agency has been cutting bus service due to budget shortfalls, too. But here, light rail hasn’t fared much better. In July, a ballot measure that would have raised $8 billion for rail and other transportation projects went down in flames.

The good news? Atlanta seems to be an exception to the rule. Transit funding is winning wide approval in other cities around the country this year, as in recent years — and will likely see a few more big wins on ballot budget initiatives in November, including in L.A. If all goes as planned, Angelenos will get the world-class transit system that Mayor Villaraigosa dreams about — and sooner than you might think. ..........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://grist.org/politics/transitsmart-growth-on-the-ballot/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:49 PM

1. LA Weekly is a right wing rag

it is a shadow of the paper that used to have Harold Meyerson and Marc Cooper among its writers

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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:50 PM

2. corporate prostitute politicians are doing the same in Hononlulu to get a train to nowhere ...

slashing bus service then using the lack of public transit as a n excuse to funnel $5 billion to corrupt corporations in bed with corrupt unions. and by the way, the $5 billion? we all know that will be 10-15 billion before the thieves get done raping the population

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