increase in train travel
- I'm hoping through all of this that more people will see the wisdom in
having a first-rate rail system as an alternative in the transportation
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----- Original Message -----
From: duane cuthbertson <dcuthber@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 8:50 AM
Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Horror
> It's hard to think clearly about much else than the WTC et al. but I can't
> help but notice...
> ...that Amtrak's business has picked up tremendously in reaction to the
> Airline industry lapse. I wonder in what way consumer confidence will
> as the air industry gets going again. Will people start to consider the
> train as a safer way to travel and then demand that they be more
> Will Congress now bolster our rail infrastructure even just as a
> plan? I would think that Amtrak will have no problem finding the funding
> their planned upgrades now.
> Even our one trip a day train from OKC to Dallas was busier. And that is a
> 1/2 hour trip compared to a 2 1/2 hour drive.
> >From: "Matt Hohmeister" <mdh6214@...>
> >Reply-To: email@example.com
> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Horror
> >Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 12:41:04 -0000
> >Before I say anything, I would like to express my deepest condolences
> >to everyone who was affected by the tragedy. My parents are in New
> >Jersey as I speak, and I have numerous family and friends in both
> >attacked cities. Fortunately, all of them are accounted for. I was
> >working in my state office when I first heard about events unfolding
> >(as friends were frantically firing instant messages to me), and since
> >all the news web sites were bogged down, I was restricted to a
> >radio--which still didn't do justice, especially since I was only able
> >to pick up one AM news station--6th floor and surrounded by
> >fluorescent lighting, computers, cube walls, and cinder blocks doesn't
> >do too much for radio reception. When my boss sent me home at 1130, I
> >*sprinted* home (down the dead center of an incomplete road, so I had
> >a carfree run home. I usually take a longer, paved route, but I was in
> >a hurry and frankly didn't care about picking up mud). I frantically
> >called around, and learned that all are OK. With that, I start my
> >carfree rant(s):
> >I was listening to National Public Radio last night, and heard someone
> >say that "people are going around New York City using unconventional
> >methods--skates, scooters..." I found this quite odd. Shouldn't it
> >always be this way. If the streets of NYC were open only for
> >pedestrian and bicycle traffic, they're plenty wide for everyone to do
> >whatever they want. :)
> >I'm talking right now with my friend in DC, who's still in shock after
> >it all. She says that the streets of DC are closed, save buses and
> >emergency. "The way it should be.", she said. Thank you, Sarah--you
> >said it.
> >I wonder if the rebuilding done in NYC will include closed streets. I
> >would surely hope so.
> >By the way, I ran into a motorcycle parked dead-center on a sidewalk
> >on my way to work today. I kicked it hard. If I was not in a hurry to
> >get to my office, I probably would have shoved it over and, if
> >approached about it, say "It was in my way." FSU does absolutely
> >nothing about motorcycles parked in obtrusive methods--especially
> >around athletic facilities. (Why? So student athletes don't go to a
> >competing university when their motorcycle is removed? I have no
> >rant done
> > > The carnage itself was resulted from combining modern long-distance
> >modes of travel carrying huge amounts of petroleum
> > > incendiary hitting a high-density population target dependent on
> >"vertical transit" powered by the fuel-dependent grid (and
> > > which was disabled when it was needed most).
> > >
> > > Of course, if the culprits turn out to have been motivated by
> >fundamentalist hatred of modern life, it will probably turn
> > > out to have been be partly financed by oil money.
> > >
> > > It emphasizes our need for human-scale cities. But to most U.S.
> >leaders, it will only emphasize their desire to protect the
> > > "American way of life" primarily by retaliation.
> > >
> > > Chris Bradshaw
> > > Ottawa
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