RE: [carfree_cities] Gadgetbahn Vs Real Transit .
- Ken Avidor wrote:
>In the last session of the Minnesota legislature, transit opponents, mostlyOne thing about these PRT schemes that get's me is if some body seriously
>right-wing Republicans used PRT bills and other monkey wrenches to block
>funding for the Northstar Commuter rail line. Now, they want to try it
>Representative Mark Olson in a recent article:
>"Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, said there were three attempts made to take
>personal rapid transit out of the bonding bill and add the Northstar
>I wish I could say that this gadgetbahn stuff is a sneaky Republican dirty
>(Tom Delay is a supporter of "advanced transit") but major PRT boosters in
>Minnesota include Dean Zimmermann, a celebrated Green Party office
>holder and David Morris of the Institute for Local Self Reliance (Morris is
>the advisory Board of Taxi 2000).
>In America, the building of highways gutted and carved up the cities.
>highways also grew the car-dependent suburbs. The last two elections
>showed that the sprawling suburbs are the base of right-wing Republican
>support. Even in the "red states", there are spots of blue, mostly cities
>people still have the option of not depending on their cars. A lot of
>are in the cross-hairs of the highway builders.
>It's not as easy to build highways like Robert Moses did in the post WWII
>so the highway builders have learned to use tricks. PRT and other
>gadgetbahn ideas are effective monkey wrenches that cripple real transit
>projects and allow highway expansion to proceed unopposed.
>"Progressives" who support PRT and other gadgetbahn ideas are helping the
>highway builders who in turn are building the car-dependent, right-wing
>for Bush and his oily friends.
>Learn more about the PRT scam:
wants to develop some thing why not start in Chicago with what remains of
the Chicago Tunnel Company!
Till later, Andrew Dawson
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