Steven, how about backing up your statement with some facts? The Amp Coalition is clearly louder. For starters, we're a lot larger. Even by conservative measures our coalition outnumbers the opponents 3 to 1. If you look at petition signers it might be as high as 6 to 1 (we don't know because the opponents refuse to list their petition signers).
If not for the hundreds of letters and phone calls Amp Coalition members made to state legislators last week, the House version of the bill would not have been amended. Even the most casual observer can see that the majority of GOP state lawmakers are uninterested and uninformed about mass transit. Many hold an idealogical opposition to any government spending on transit. The fact that we have been making progress that will allow the Amp to be built as designed in spite of an uphill battle at the state level is a testament to the strength, resolve, and commitment of our coalition.
I guess there are some facts you're willing to ignore in your reporting on this topic. What isn't clear is why. I thought journalism was supposed to be a search for the truth.
Be informed. Center-lane BRT is safer and better:
There's absolutely no evidence to suggest center-running dedicated lane BRT is a safety concern. All the opposition offers is fear and no facts.
The bill sponsors should drop the false pretense that this is about public safety because it is clearly not. Taking any form of transit is safer than driving for both motorists and pedestrians. Transit travel has about a tenth the traffic casualty (death or injury) rates as automobile travel, and residents of transit-oriented communities have about a fifth the per capita traffic fatality rate as do residents of automobile-oriented communities.
Betsy, welcome to the conversation. The transit vision you're looking for was adopted by the mayors of our region in 2010. Follow this link and toggle between near-term mid-term and long-term visions. click on the map to view the interactive version: http://www.nashvillempo.org/plans_programs…
The Gas tax is a consumption tax which is different from a user fee.
Even so, the Tax Foundation ran the numbers again including gas tax revenues. Tennessee still covers less than 60% of the road spending when you figure it this way.
Road Spending in Tennessee by User Taxes and Fees, Including Federal Gas Tax Revenues:
That's still a 40% subsidy.
Gilbert Martin - You seem to be confused about where the money for roads comes from, please allow me to assist you.
The share of road spending covered by fuel taxes, tolls and other user fees in Tennessee is only 36.7%.
That translates to subsidy greater than 40% for road construction. Make no mistake about it, motorists are only covering about 1/3 of the cost of roads.
We might also ask,"Will not building the Amp force us to sit in traffic?" ...without a dedicated lane, we will have no choice but to sit in traffic whether in a car or on a regular bus.
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