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November 3, 2007

The Sorry State of Public Trans in the US

My favorite city to live in (Chicago), is having trouble paying for its old, rickety public trans system (which by the way is the 2nd largest system in the country). Alas, those down state and suburban fools in the state legislature refuse to budget for the needs of the majority of the state's population (aka Chicagoland residents). Instead of expanding and enhancing the system, the MTA probably has to cut services and postpone upgrades.

In related crazy-people-control-politics news, the LA MTA has a new plan for the subway to the sea. Instead of acknowledging Wilshire as the overwhelmingly most popular bus route in the city, there's a proposal to route it on Santa Monica where more young people live who would embrace faux city living. Apparently, the masses of poor people who desperately need better public trans in this city are secondary to the desire by city boosters to create yuppie paradise.

"Chicago's transit budget at a crossroads: Emergency funds are granted as state lawmakers debate a sales-tax increase." in today's LAT

"L.A. subway plans take a radical shift," by Rong Gong Lin II in today's LAT

Posted by cj at November 3, 2007 8:14 PM


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