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

Re: can't vs. don't: As I mentioned, I am an inclusive guy. I want to help everyone and help those who don't use mass transpo by getting more people on the bus.

Someone who can't speak English would be underserved. That person surely *can* ride the bus but may not.

Someone who *can't* use mass transportation is not on my proposal's radar. If you can't, you can't - unless your obstacle is money and the bus is free. I'm not suggesting (more) vans-on-call for the disabled or elderly; surely they could use targeted help with transportation, but that's not mass transportation.

Here is an old document that discusses underserved populations. I doesn't resolve the point above because the government has its checkboxes for being underserved and if you check a box, you are, regardless of ability. I found it, so I linked it.
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/plango/pdfs/tup.pdf

Re: your #4. Someone who is unaware of, or ignorant of, the facts regarding time/money savings w/r/t public transport is underserved. In the end, that person gets to make his own decision about the bus, but it would benefit him to have that info or experience. Now, that sounds like an outreach program is need; I am sure that is not a new idea.

My outreach program would be as I suggested above: free rides. Target it, start small, feel free to customize.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 10:32 AM

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

Judgmental pro-deathers, a great way to end the week.

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Posted by Moost on 01/23/2015 at 10:32 AM

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

I am no fan of Bransford Ave., but we should reform the central office before turning all our schools over to private companies. At least parents would have a say in what happens at schools. With charters, if you don't like what's going on, your only option is to leave.

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Posted by Amy Powell Phelan on 01/23/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Winter Soup?

Anyone know of any Burns Night celebrations going on this weekend?

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Posted by Dan... on 01/23/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “First Bite: Biscuit Love Brunch

@Nashvillenative - I mentioned that the oatmeal is vegan. There is also fresh fruit and a side salad. The biscuits are made with butter (last I checked), so the vegan options are limited. You can get the Lindstrom without parmesan and the poached eggs, but there wouldn't be a whole lot left of it.

Posted by Lesley Eats on 01/23/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “I don't have a good reason for not drinking — I have the best reason: I don't want to.

I used to have the same attitude about alcohol - had no moral objection to it, it just didn't interest me, and I had the same kind of conversations with people. Finally, in my 40s, I decided it would be easier to just have a damn drink already. So I did, it was no big deal, and a small part of life became a bit easier. I even came to actually enjoy a drink. So if you're tired of feeling like an outsider on this issue and would like to have no more of those exasperating conversations, just have a damn drink. Yes, you'll be giving in to peer pressure, but that will only bother you if you let it. Or keep fighting the good (?) fight the rest of your life and losing it.

This is not advice I'd give to someone who has a clear moral objection to alcohol. But that doesn't seem to be the case with you. You still, at 34, think you're the bad-ass kid who doesn't cave to peer pressure. Even if you don't really want to, just have a social drink. It won't kill you, you won't lose your sobriety, and this long-standing issue in your life evaporates immediately. Life has enough problems already without creating them yourself.

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Posted by Still Sober on 01/23/2015 at 10:22 AM

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

$1.3 million of his own money? That's a game changing figure and belongs at the top of the story.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 01/23/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Winter Soup?

GUMBO

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Posted by Murdawg on 01/23/2015 at 10:01 AM

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

I don't think your definition of "underserved" is accurate. Underserved would be those who would but *can't*, not don't.

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:39 AM

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

Exactly, notguilty, and the anti-choicers don't even believe that it's murder, which is why they aren't lobbying to criminalize it. And that is also why they are big fat lying liars.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:33 AM

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

1. I didn't say "exhort," right? We're having a great conversation. Don't derail it by exaggerating, okay?

2. Business leaders should listen to facts about the real costs to the economy caused by gridlock. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/business…

I don't disagree that not all employees at all businesses can telecommute. But as the nature of business becomes more technical, the numbers who can continues to rise, on average.

3. Having problems =/= red herring. A red herring is something that is a distraction from the core issue. Light rail isn't, since it is a public transport option currently in use, so it has to be on the table when talking about transforming the system. Thus, precisely the opposite of a red herring.

4. I challenge someone, if possible, to try public transportation one day to really compare the time costs--on my particular route, it costs me about 15 minutes extra each way (including the walk to and from the bus stop from my house--the bus drops me right outside my office), but saves me the costs of parking, which is typically $9/day, unless I have to work overtime (and then it's $15), or if there is a special event downtown (and then it's $20).

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:31 AM

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

Underserved: People who would use public transportation, but for some reason don't. The reason could be access, cost, awareness, whatever. I am an inclusive guy, so I'll say we are all potentially underserved at some level. For the government w/r/t transpo issues, underserved means poor and minorities.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 9:23 AM

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

Anyone who refers to a lawful abortion as murder is lying. The two are mutually exclusive.

If abortion were criminalized, what penalty should attach to the pregnant woman who hires the provider? If abortion is the functional equivalent of murder, should she receive a life sentence or the death penalty, as with other persons who commit premeditated and intentional murder?

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

CCA and privatized prisons are both a national disgrace.

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Posted by Min on 01/23/2015 at 9:10 AM

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

A business leader has no reason to listen to transportation authorities on the issue of telecommuting. Aside from the word containing the letters "commut," the issue is not something that transportation officials have any specialized experience with or knowledge of.

Business needs and desires dictate where people work, not exhortations from government functionaries. Now, if the MTA were to come out and say "We are going to so fuck up movement around downtown Nashville and buy up all the parking spaces, that no one will want to come downtown to work" - that might encourage telecommuting.

Don't get me wrong: working remotely is great on many levels.

I'm glad the Star's one thing going for it is that taxes pay the bulk of it's cost. Oh! That's what you dismissed with busses. Nice.

Light rail is a red herring, especially since you acknowledge there are issues.

With regards to bubbadog's feelings about his neighbors - I'll say that saving money and more convenience, if available, would trump social stigma. The additional time to use mass transit vs. driving is a problem, though.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 9:09 AM

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

This is all so discouraging.

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Posted by Min on 01/23/2015 at 9:08 AM

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

Underserved in what way, D!?

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:00 AM

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

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