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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:47 PM

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj: Why Your Public Transportation Sucks

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Reply Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj: Why Your Public Transportation Sucks (Original post)
TexasTowelie Aug 22 OP
OxQQme Aug 23 #1

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:38 PM

1. This scam has been going on for decades.

As a 15 year old bicycle -deliver to your door every morning- paper boy in 1955, I increased subscriptions
along my designated territory. The reward for this city wide 'Get more readers' campaign was a free trip
to the amusement park on the pier in Long Beach with the other paperboys (and girls)who also increased their territory.
My neighborhood was in Burbank. A distance of about fifty miles to the Fun Zone.
Two trolley cars it took to get all the paper kids from Burbank to downtown Los Angeles where we transferred
to the electric "Red Car" train at Union Station that made the straight through connection to Long Beach.

Growing up there, I witnessed the tearing down of that infrastructure and the building of the bus and auto oriented mode.
Sold off all the rail stuff and built freeways.

Word has it that the consortium consisting of the combined forces from the Shell/Standard Oil/Goodyear/Firestone/General Motors/etc
propaganda machine was pretty successful.
They're still at it, convincing us that we need a a bigger SUV on $300/ea tires.
"But, that's what they want."
"That's where the demand is."

Can you spell 'smog'?

Funny thing is, Portland (where I live now) bought many of those trolleys back then.
Several are still in use nowadays for site seeing, running throughout the downtown area.
A new bridge over the river just for trolleys, peds and bikes.

http://www.trainweb.org/mccann/streetcar.htm

Portland's light rail system ---> https://trimet.org/schedules/index.htm

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