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

I don't think the STRIDE program is "free." It's no cost for students, but I think it is another subsidized program (I am trying to find the funding information for it, but I'm not yet able, so I could certainly be wrong).

So who should be targetted to ride for free, and for how long? I'm willing to be convinced.

And Moost's post is 100% right.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 11:24 AM

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

Moost hits it on the head: If you want to take the bus from Antioch to Brentwood, the only way to get there is to go downtown first. If you want to take the bus from Antioch to Donelson, you have to go downtown first. If you want to go from pretty much anywhere in the suburbs to anywhere outside downtown, you have to go downtown first, which makes no sense except in the cases where the driving route would go through downtown (such as, say, East Nashville to West End).

Not a great option if you don't want to add hours to your commute.

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Posted by Non-bus rider on 01/23/2015 at 11:23 AM

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

I don't ride the bus. I have no use for it. I'm not really interested in talking like I ride the bus, either. I'm pretty happy with my diction and writing style.

That doesn't mean I can't be convinced to ride the bus.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 11:18 AM

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

"It's weird how anarchist/libertarian you are until it comes time for women to choose how to use their bodies"

There's about a million different libertarian viewpoints on the matter of abortion. I happen to want the state out of just about everything, including a woman's right to choose.

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Posted by 44allin on 01/23/2015 at 11:16 AM

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

I hear it was originally called The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection and All Non-Believers Are Going To Hell Act but they decided to tweak it a little for brevity's sake.

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Posted by Williamson Willie on 01/23/2015 at 11:16 AM

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

JC,

I can't get away....people keep posting things that require my comment.

As for the GFY, well, bubba told me to go piss on myself. I can't let that stand.

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Posted by john on 01/23/2015 at 11:12 AM

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

Not having a drink is different from being sober. You can have a drink and still be sober. I have zero problem with her not drinking, but when at some point she gets tired of having pointless, exasperating conversations with those who don't understand it, she'll just have a drink already and the issue goes away. Unless, of course, she actually enjoys those conversations because it makes her feel even more that she's not a weak-willed lemming who caves to peer pressure. Which doesn't really have much to do with drinking.

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Posted by Still Sober on 01/23/2015 at 11:10 AM

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

I admitted in earlier posts that the government defines underserved a certain way and that it is different from mine.

I noted that outreach programs are not a novel idea, not that they don't work.

You are correct that the definition of underserved is neither here nor there.

The crux of the issue, from my viewpoint, is: Do we want more people to use mass transit (buses in the immediate case)? If so, how do we do that? What is it worth to us?

Free rides have already *started* with high school students and the Connector. Subsidized rides are, of course, offered to certain favored groups already.

Free rides can be done immediately and can be targeted and scalable. They can also be dismantled if they don't live up to expectations. They will not be opposed on environmental or engineering grounds. They will not face opposition from residents based upon changes to traffic patterns.

That's my pitch and I'm sticking to it.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 11:10 AM

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

There can be little question that whatever life is present is human. However, is an acorn an Oak tree? Is an egg (even a fertile egg) a bird? Is a tadpole a frog?

Is a zygote/embryo/fetus a person?

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 11:02 AM

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

@still sober - I think the point of the article is that she's sober because she wants to be and has no issues with it - other people have the issue with it. As she says, if she wants a drink, she'll have one.

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Posted by elizzmo on 01/23/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “NashVegas Cab has cabbies hoping to change the system, but the system won't let them

On a recent trip to BNA I went with NashVegas (over Lyft or Uber) because they have an app that allows you to book online in advance for a precise time with email confirmation. The act of booking and confirmation worked well -- but when the taxi wasn't there at the specified time, a phone call to the dispatcher yielded something along the lines of "not sure where he is but should be there soon." The cab did appear maybe 10 or so minutes late and was spiffy clean and technology-capable (for credit card use). But while standing there waiting for the tardy cab to arrive vaguely "soon" for a pre-booked trip, I will confess I was only a minute or two away from just bagging it and firing up the Lyft app instead.

It is great that outfits like NashVegas being driver-owned can alter the economics of the taxi-industrial complex, and having an app for booking and card-swipe in every vehicle is terrific (the latter long overdue as a citywide matter as Hale suggests). But in the era of GPS and Lyft and Uber, not arriving on time for a pre-booked ride and telling the customer waiting for a late vehicle "not sure where he is but should be there soon" is just not going to cut it. I will certainly try NashVegas again and wish for them nothing but success, but having an app for booking isn't much of an edge or a way to compete with these other new services if the cab doesn't arrive when booked.

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Posted by bb on 01/23/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Today Only: Uber Teams with Party Fowl for Hot Chicken Delivery

This is awesome and hopefully this will lead into the same lunch delivery system Uber has in LA.

Posted by ashkaynash on 01/23/2015 at 10:55 AM

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

Heh.

While the ultimate product of mitosis might be human life, it is only potential life.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 10:55 AM

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

Anarchist? Was that question for me?

I can see libertarian, for I am indeed for the upholding of the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But in that order and for all life. Human cellular mitosis ain't that picky.

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Posted by Moost on 01/23/2015 at 10:53 AM

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

A question for members of the sex control brigade:

Suppose you had a young adult daughter, sister, other female relative or close friend who has become pregnant without intending to and, because she values your opinion and trusts your judgment, she asks you to recommend what she should do. Would you say, "You are not competent to make that decision, and I am incompetent to advise you. Go ask the governor, and do whatever he directs"?

Why does anyone want decisions as to whether a woman should carry a pregnancy to term made by vermin like Ron Ramsey, Elliot Splits-her, Sarah Bailin', Rick (Oops!) Perry or their ilk? Please explain that.

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 10:50 AM

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

My definition of an under served population would be anyone living in Nashville who does not work or go to school in downtown or along a thin line between their community and downtown. A lot of people get caught us in assuming that public transportation is there to get people to the core, but in reality, our core is not that great of a jobs location. Having a job outside of downtown (like probably 80% of Nashville) does not mean an addition of 15 minutes to your commute, it means an addition of 45 minutes or more each way, provided your connection at MCC leaves after your arrival.

I see the Southern mentality of public transportation users mentioned previously. But it does not help that managers limit public transportation to the places that are "urbanized." Would it really be that absurd to run a line or lines throughout the day that skirted Maryland Farms down on OHB (it is in Davidson) and run to/from Antioch, Bellevue, or Vanderbilt? None of these are classic public transportation places but may generate some change.

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Posted by Moost on 01/23/2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Yes, The Open Meetings Law Means You Have to Speak Into The Mic

"...the IDB argued, with a straight face, that the Open Meetings Act doesn't mean the public must be able to hear deliberations at public meetings, only that they be given the opportunity to be present."

Wow. Just...wow.

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Posted by Min on 01/23/2015 at 10:47 AM

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

Do you ride the bus, though? Because you talk like someone who really doesn't.

Non-English speakers use the bus all of the time--when my daughter was in high school, she volunteered at the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, an organization that helps recent immigrants integrate into the community. One of the things she did was bus training--she took a couple of immigrants around town and trained them how to use the bus system. On my morning bus, I have several Arabic speakers, and many Spanish speakers (it's a commuter bus, though, so it's mostly state and federal workers). The afternoon bus is seriously polyglot. It's pretty amazing.

From your link:

"TDOT defines traditionally underserved populations as:
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Environmental justice populations (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and low-income groups)
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Elderly
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Disabled
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Transportation dependent (those in occupied units with no vehicle)
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Low literate (those with Level 1 literacy)
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Those with limited English proficiency"

So theirs is an exceptionally wide definition, but it's also different from both of ours (I wouldn't call someone "underserved" by public transportation who has consistent, convenient access to public transportation, and the ability to use it, for example). But that's really neither here nor there.

And free rides are a nonstarter, for the 16 million reasons you stated earlier.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 10:44 AM

Re: “For musicians who needed a hand in the honky-tonks, the late Greg Humphrey was the mayor of Lower Broad

Beautiful!!! Rest in Peace! & love & light to all those on sorrow...

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Posted by Brandi McKinney on 01/23/2015 at 10:34 AM

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

It's weird how anarchist/libertarian you are until it comes time for women to choose how to use their bodies, then you are just totally right wing radical.

Have you noticed that about yourself?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 10:34 AM

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