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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 10:58 am
Kuruma banare: post-car Japan

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desant012
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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)

Good. Ever since I was a kid I've despised cars. Unfortunately the Bush administration is infuriating to its final day: New Jersey senator Lautenberg and others proposed a bill to increase funding for public transportation and commuter rails, but Bush promised he'll veto it on the grounds that the solution to the current crisis isn't more money for light rail, but opening up the Alaska nature reserves for oil drilling so we'll have more gasoline for cars, SUVs, giant pick up trucks, etc.

Yes, we do hate him here as much as he's hated abroad. He's officially the most despised president in the history of the US, though why people voted for him the second time is beyond reason.


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desant012
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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)

But yeah, public transportation ridership in the US has skyrocketed (hence that bill), and I see people riding bikes and walking all over my old hometown in the suburbs of New York City. You'd never see anyone out, and now ... here we are. Of course if the South and Midwest ever started using public transportation that'd be a real coup.


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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)

I think that's a bit of a generalization... I was just in the South (where I grew up) and was astounded that the commuter bus system is thriving. Chapel Hill Transit has reported record numbers of riders from all socioeconomic backgrounds, Charlotte has just built a light rail line into downtown and has a comprehensive plan for expansion into 2040, new streetcar lines are planned for Tampa and voters are to decide on MARTA expansion in Atlanta by year's end. The sad truth is it's slow going in the American South not only because of pork barrel spending and line-item vetoes (Bush surgically removed funding for my hometown's regional rail plans) but also because we have to retrograde infrastructure that is at least 50 years old to fit a non-driving lifestyle. Many of the biggest cities have scarce sidewalks or gridded streets, both of which inhibit more effective bus routes and feeder lines to transportation hubs.


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desant012
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Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)

That's good to hear at least; it's an old stereotype that people in the South don't like public transportation. People have demonized bus riding and public transit so much over the years ... I remember the Simpsons always portrayed the bus as the domain for degenerates, the homeless, and drug addicts.


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Wed, Jun. 25th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)



Uhhh, excuse me, NC of all places. I went there last year for some oddjob from berlin. I decided to bypass the official day off when everyone involved went to the mall together and go to chapel hill where a friend lives. I was in a hotel close to raleigh airport. I thought itd be reasonably easy, since it didnt seem like a big distance at all, but it became a nightmare of waiting buses forever that nobody could guarantee me would ever come, riding them with 3 bums all the way, and having to rush to take the bus back without having the chance to see my friend because the last bus was at a ridiculously early time like 5pm. Public transportation doesnt feel nearly as third worldly in the culturally backwards island i come from near africa.


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