This excellent animation from TrueMajority shows in
graphic detail (using Oreo cookies) how ridiculously, large
the military budget is, and how we could solve many domestic
problems with a modest 12% cut. A must-see. (watch
On June 5, the
American-Statesman ran an editorial on transit featuring William
Millar, president of the American Public Transportation
Association ("Rallying the U.S. for rail (and
In the last paragraph Millar
stated: ". . . What transit is all about really is choice. It's
allowing people to have true choice in how they travel. There's
absolutely nothing wrong with continuing to drive your car. .
I'm certainly glad to hear
Millar say this and hope that he spoke for Capital Metro. I would
like Cap Metro to furnish me with a Lexus. This would be my
choice, and probably the choice of many others; if so, rail will
not be required.
Brief rebuttal by LRP: While
taxpayers will not buy Gerstenberg a Lexus, they have already
bought him the freeways, streets, roads, and highways on which to
drive it and the downtown parking spaces in which to park it. They
also pay for the maintenance and traffic control necessary to
operate all those Lexuses, Geos, and 18-wheelers.
have given Gerstenberg a choice. It's only fair to give others the
choice to ride buses or light rail if they so desire.
Rebuttal by a
transportation engineer on the East cost:
addage about buying all transit riders a Cadillac to save money by
shutting down the transit system has been around for forty years.
Commuter rallroads first made the offer to get out of the
business. Under current policies, commuter railroads are thriving
but under different management.
The truth is
that light rail is much less costly than either Cadillacs or
The Chevy will
cost about 25 cents per passenger-mile (average peak hour
occupancy 1.15) to buy, including opportunity cost (debt service).
It will cost about seven cents/pm [passenger-mile] for
insurance and eight cents for gaoline at normal prices. Add two
cents for oil changes, two cents for tire replacement, two cents
for repairs, a penny for deductables on insurance, two cents for
incidentals and it costs 49 cents per passenger-mile. Auto club
(AAA) data will confirm this. So with US DOT data.
WAIT, there is
more. We have to park the stallion and find a road to drive on. In
addition to user charges included above, 16 cents is needed to
subsidize the roads and anywhere from ten cents to fifty cents for
parking, depending upon where it is. Even free parking costs
somebody. It is a subsidy. Real, honest auto costs are fifty to
100 percent higher than transit costs.
averages 35 cents per passenger-mile outside of subways, plus
about 20 cents for capital recovery (amortzation of investment) so
it absolutely saves money for everyone, rider or not.
I've tried without success to get local groups to add their events to this calendar (Bike Texas, the Yellow Bike Project, City's Bicycle Program, Bike Austin, etc.)
If you'd like to help edit the calendar, or at least add your group's events to it, then please let me know!