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Re: “What Carol Swain Got Wrong

"Rethinking" implies there was original thought.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

The MTA's 2015 budget is $70,000,000. $16,000,000 of that comes from "charges, commissions, and fees." Eliminating bus fares would cost something less than $16,000,000 annually.

http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/Finance/docs/OMB/FY15/Final/78%20Metro%20Transit%20Authority%20Financial.pdf

I am ignoring for the moment the fact that increased ridership would increase costs.

I, for one, would like to help the underserved communities of Nashville, as well as relieve congestion and reduce air pollution.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

I am not fiscally conservative; liberals know that things cost money.

A couple of things about the train: 1) It is an RTA, not an MTA, program, 2) The Music City Star has a lot of problems, but one thing it does have going for it is that federal employees make up a good chunk of the ridership. The federal government subsidizes employees' public transportation use up to $140 a month (I think--the number has recently fluctuated). And the feds' fare isn't discounted. That is money that would likely be simply lost, since with the exception of Old Hickory, there isn't another public transport option provided by RTA. I would imagine the state also subsidizes their employees' fare, but I don't know if RTA provides for a reduced fare for the state.

Light rail is generally a good option for regional transportation (as long as the track already exists), but since CSX owns the right-of-ways, and freight-by-rail is booming, locally there are some serious issues that are not easily resolved.

I think that transportation authorities need to hook up with business leaders and suggest non-vehicular options, like encouraging telecommuting--if people don't have to come into town, particularly at peak hours, then why waste the resources?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Couple of things:

1. The dirty little secret about that AMP route on West End was that it was never about whether it offered the highest potential ridership compared to, say, the Charlotte corridor. It was about the federal grant money, which specified density requirements in order to qualify for the funds. Charlotte, which could have really benefited, did not meet the density requirement. West End did. So the Deanites threw everything in behind an unworkable route that people along West End would not have used in nearly enough numbers to justify the expense.

2. The elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about: Mass transit in the South works differently than it does in places like Portland. The ugly truth is that the difference is about race and wealth. Too many white southerners associate mass transit, especially buses, with low-income people, and particularly with black people. THey think it's beneath them to ride mass transit. Think of the substitute acronym that quickly arose for the MARTA trains (which are very nice, by the way): Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta. Consider why there is still a bus route down Belle Meade Blvd: It's so "the help" can get to and from the houses they serve. Here, the AMP wasn't just up against a formidable car culture; it was also up against a stubborn southern culture.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Let's disband the Music City Star.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:46 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

It's good that the fiscal conservatives are outing themselves.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Where other mayoral candidates want the pedal down on Nashville's success, David Fox throws a caution flag

I don't think he is pro-charter so much as anti-MNPS. And since he knows how the school system works, I think he sees that Bransford Avenue is like an Albatross hanging from every MNPS school's neck, stifling innovation through its morass of bureaucracy and meddling. If the schools had more freedom to innovate and work with its particular clientele, we would not need charters.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 01/23/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Because even busses don't run on wishes and happy thoughts.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 8:39 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Here's my big-government program: Make (certain/many) busses free.

Tell me why it's not a good idea.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Where other mayoral candidates want the pedal down on Nashville's success, David Fox throws a caution flag

He is pro-charter schools, so I assume he sends his own children to charters? I notice that he attended MBA himself.

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Posted by Public School Parent on 01/23/2015 at 8:29 AM

Re: “The Cavalcade of People who Saw and Did Nothing

Miami, that was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Best wishes.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

And, for whatever it's worth, there are current RTA routes from all of those places. They are not nearly as well utilized as they could be--people love their cars, and unless/until attitudes toward public transportation changes, ridership is going to remain flat.

Lower gas prices also play a role.

I've been using public transportation in cities across the country since the early 80s, so I don't understand the antipathy for it (I say this as someone who loves cars and loves to drive, but hates sitting in traffic when I could do much more pleasant things like reading or napping).

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 7:26 AM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

Truth is not a tool anti-choicers have routinely employed.

Why would anybody be surprised they're still lying?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Where other mayoral candidates want the pedal down on Nashville's success, David Fox throws a caution flag

"outsourcing of custodial and janitorial services in Metro schools..... of tough decision Metro's leaders have to be willing to make to avoid bigger financial problems later."
Translation: sell more of Metro to corporate cronies.

Same for schools: sell the kids to profit-driven corporations.

"a private company builds a regional transit system, and municipalities lease it, charging a user fee that — if the math is done right — can cover the city's cost."
Sell MTA to a corporation, rent it back and watch the fares go up and UP because the corporation is profit-driven and answerable to stockholders NOT riders.

He's is different from Dean: he wants to make us a complete corpocracy: government of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation.

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Posted by Kosh III on 01/23/2015 at 7:10 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

"Murfreesboro, Gallatin/Hendersonville, Clarksville, even Spring Hill/Franklin/Brentwood are just a few of badly needed fast transit realities."
Yes and the expense should be bourne by these places not by Nashville.

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Posted by Kosh III on 01/23/2015 at 6:59 AM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

Some of us can't hear the soundcloud bit. Could you also include the text of what these Nannies said?

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Posted by Kosh III on 01/23/2015 at 6:50 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Sheldon Silver, Deflategate, and Jeffrey Epstein

Lol...who in this day and age takes bill moyers seriously? He's been a shill or operative for the democrat party for 50+ years. Next you'll be telling us about Nixon's so-called Southern strategy that won him 49 out of the 50 states...

SMH

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Posted by Shirley you must be joking on 01/23/2015 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Brady Banks Named New Executive Director of The Contributor

The job of selling this paper takes more than a little dedication to the concept of a job. One that demands work regardless of many weather conditions (Heat and Cold). While the quality of the paper is immaterial to the value it brings. It is NOT pan handling, it is a legit job. A little credit for those who wish would just go away ( Common Sense and Ghost), they make sacrifices, just as you do. Or do you?
The solution is simple, you don't want the paper, don't buy it. Tell Buffy to avert her eyes if their appearance offends you.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 01/23/2015 at 6:12 AM

Re: “The Cavalcade of People who Saw and Did Nothing

Miami: Compelling story that brings the fresh perspective to this tragedy; a view often pushed aside. I wish you well.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 01/23/2015 at 6:04 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

The West End route was a poorly thought out concept and ignored the need of several other routes. Any mass transit concept MUST include out of county reaches. Murfreesboro, Gallatin/Hendersonville, Clarksville, even Spring Hill/Franklin/Brentwood are just a few of badly needed fast transit realities. Certainly our Metro bus system needs a complete overhaul (routes and capability), but the commute traffic congestion has reached critical mass and should be job #1.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 01/23/2015 at 5:57 AM

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