re: Transit Wins in AZ
- [sorry, in my previous post i mistakenly copied the whole digest, here is
what i meant to post -- my apologies to the list]
Please allow me to ellucidate. What you are speaking of was known here as
Proposition 400 -- which passed handily. It is more correctly termed a
(the Maricopa county/Phoenix metro area) transportation plan -- only a small
amount of the funds rasied (15%) goes toward light rail. As usual, most of
the money goes to freeways (57%)... another 17% is for buses. The balance is
for "street improvements". Put another way, a large majority of this GENERAL
SALES TAX money is being used to build roads.
It also merely *extends* the already underway funded and approved light rail
further into the suburbs. (Had it been defeated, it would not have "stopped
light rail in its tracks" as the anti-400 forces mendaciously implied)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 12:23:48 -0500 (EST)
From: Patrick J McDonough <patrick1@...>
Subject: Transit Wins in AZ
While many of us in America who worked hard for Kerry are bandaging some
deep wounds this morning, a bit of good news in Arizona- the attempted
defeat of a Light Rail funding stream failed by a large margin, and
Arizona will proceed with a $2.3 billion investment in transit.
- Jeremy Hubble wrote:
> "Robert J. Matter" wrote:Oh I don't know. I don't think the 49th ward alderman or any others for
>>And in Chicago, "Activists in Chicago's East Rogers Park neighborhood
>>won on an advisory referendum they hoped would thwart future development
>>along the lakefront between Hollywood Avenue and Evanston. About 88
>>percent of voters in 10 lakefront precincts in the 49th Ward said no to
>>a Lake Shore Drive extension or housing and commercial structures."
>>Source: Chicago Tribune
> Keep in mind that this ward also voted to end the war in Iraq. It is
> nice to see community support for positive initiatives. However, the
> cynic in me doubts the powers that be will give these votes much more
> than token consideration.
that matter want to lose their cushy $80K/year jobs.
88% is a *lot* of opposition. The residents can get a lot of allies on
their side too, like Friends of the Park, Critical Mass, Greens, et al.
Unlike south siders, those north side liberals are much more politically
active and involved.
Lake County, Indiana, a blue sanctuary in a red state.
>Other small bits of good news:A similar measure in Ventura County, California was resoundingly defeated.
>In Santa Cruz "Measure J" failed. Measure J would have increased sales
>tax to fund adding a lane in each direction to Highway 1 at a cost of
>$363 million "to relieve congestion" and improve "emergency vehicle"
And the recent update of the Downtown (Ventura) Specific Plan includes
serious consideration of a future rail station downtown.
And Metrolink was recently extended.
And a local organization has formed to push for real passenger rail service
between here and Santa Barbara (where locals have fought off attempts to
widen the 101 freeway for years):