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Alliance for Public Transportation is a joke

Hey guys? Here's what a grass-roots pro-transit organization ought to look like: the CTC in Houston, which actually does more than just saying "please do exactly what Capital Metro and CAMPO want, as fast as possible". IE, they analyze route proposals and try to figure out which ones are likely to work and which ones are not. They also don't buy into the nonsense that stuck-in-traffic city buses will ever work for choice commuters and that circulators are somehow exempt from choice commuters' distaste for transfers.

Yes, like yours truly, they actually hold the radical position that while rail transit is great in general, it IS possible to build rail transit that choice commuters won't ride so you'd better think carefully about where you decide to run it rather than just assuming that rail anywhere works as well as rail in the perfect place.

I highly recommend following some of those CTC stories to their forums in which it becomes even more clear what APT ought to be doing for Austin - instead of asking us all to support exactly what Round Rock legislator Mike Krusee wants Capital Metro to do with their tax money (92% from Austin, 0% from Round Rock), we ought to be asking ourselves whether what they want to do will actually work, and not from the anti-all-rail Neanderthal perspective either.

Grow up, APT. We need people who really want rail transit to succeed to challenge this garbage. If Capital Metro ever needed boot-licking sycophants, it needed them before the 2000 election; certainly not now.

This entry was posted in the following categories: Austin , Don't Hurt Us Mr. Krusee, We'll Do Whatever You Want , Republicans Hate Public Transportation , Texas Republicans Hate Cities , Transit in Austin , Transportation

Comments

And for my next trick...Responsible Rail for Austin.

kidding

But seeing as how my neighbors across the street have the rail line in their backyard, and seeing as how I voted for every rail-related thing put before me, and seeing as how some of your comments have made me worry more about commuter rail than my anti-rail neighbors ever did...I have wondered, over the last couple of months, what can be changed. Because, as you may have noticed, in my mind nothing is a done deal til it materializes in front of you.

Is anyone doing anything real, or has everyone decided its a done deal?

Done deal. And people are whipping themselves up into a frenzy to try to believe that it (rail service requiring shuttle bus circulator transfer) will work here despite having failed everywhere else.

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