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Obama's Transportation Plan Is a Wakeup Call

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/11/2014 6:01:38 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Tiger grant
I am happy to say the City of Detroit received the Tiger Grant. From the city minutes I think a beautiful and long bike path will be created. I have notice a large number of bike club riding around Detroit. The manager and account who will handle the fund are really good and I wager a nice job without going over budget will be the result..

bulk
bulk  
3/3/2014 9:57:41 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good to go
I think the US in general would do well to reexamin how they approach transporation. I think the country needs new methods to help move them forward, because in may ways it seems like we are at a stand still. 

kq4ym
kq4ym  
3/3/2014 9:40:04 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good to go
Unfortunately, getting proper funds for transportation is a matter of creative bookkeeping and taxation. Money is switched from one account to another making it look like it's free money somehow.

The "trial balloons" in the form of suggested plans most often are shot down rather quickly as vested interests poke hole in the proposal if they seem of personal harm.

We need a transportation wake up call, but I'm not sure this one will fly.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
3/3/2014 9:27:30 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Another question
Your "how long will it take" question, @arv, seems really key. It made me think of the Big Dig project in Boston that involved pushing several major arteries under the city ostensibly to ease traffic. But it was behind schedule and billions over budget by the time it was completed, and already running at capacity. So the traffic sitch never really improved much. In the meantime, public transport had been hobbling along, largely neglected. 

Toby
Toby  
3/3/2014 7:48:27 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Critical strategic planning
Great report, thanks Mary. You make a good point in that the size of this initiative is too small to be meaningful, especially given it will noa even pay for a bridge. Given this is the case, do you think Obama is simply tring to make a staement with no real intent to fight for the funds or is it something else? And on that note, why do you think the US has for so long neglected it's own infrastructure?

PostSandy
PostSandy  
3/2/2014 12:03:29 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Another question
To add to yours, mejiac, and arv's comments, "Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." I am one that is quick to say no as well. 

bulk
bulk  
3/2/2014 2:40:16 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good to go
@Lesthertod, I think it was education funding the US did that with a few years back, I think it worked out well, but I am sure you could find many others who disagree with me on that. 

bulk
bulk  
3/2/2014 2:38:39 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good to go
@mejiac, Thanks, yeah, just getting the ball rolling is key in most cases. 

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:23:35 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Give Los Angeles a new Subway system
I'm not sure how the urban planning is in LA, but I do hope it's better than the one we've got here. They made a big modification to a fast-lane entrance just to match it with the exit of a mall's parking lot. It has created some accidents and definitely a bottleneck even when it's not rush hour. The bad issue here, it's a "permanent" pseudo-solution to raise some investor ego.

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:18:52 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good to go
Perhaps they could turn into the right direction if you add some gamelike feature to it. Instead of a boost for many cities, you may use that as a reward for cities that encourage or start working on their own. That way it's definitely a win-win situation don't you think?

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