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Rapid Bus slips to 2010

I've been meaning to post on this for quite some time (an Outlook reminder pops up every day) but was putting it off because I had intended on gathering together quotes from before the election, after, and whatnot; showing the slip from 2007 to 2008 to 2009 to 2010. But the hell with it; Capital Metro's even showing it in powerpoint presentations now, so here you go:

The only service being provided to central Austin in any way, shape, or form; the execrable Rapid Bus, is now scheduled for 2010. This service, as useless as it will be, was the only bone thrown to Central Austin for their votes (and, don't forget, the vast majority of Capital Metro's tax revenue). The sterling work of the boot-licking sycophants in the ostensibly pro-transit community has done absolutely nothing but further enable Capital Metro to screw the people who want, and pay for, transit. Good show, folks.

("study" downtown circulator, by the way, means "try to convince the city and UT to pay for it"; and so far, the city has admirably been asking questions like "why is a stuck-in-traffic streetcar better than a stuck-in-traffic bus?").

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What amazes me is that media sources that should know better continue to take CapMetro fig leafs (not "leaves" in this usage, right?) at face value, despite their history.
Prime example are the outlets that perform no-depth reporting where they look at the little red lines and dots on the map and no farther. No technical analysis at all.

This is beyond irritating. Who/what number should I call to register a complaint?

At this point, talking to Capital Metro is useless. The city council might be worth something, but I doubt it - I suspect they're now waiting to see what happens with commuter rail too.

This delay shows that we are very fortunate that the light rail proposal was voted down.

CapMetro is always going to over promise and under deliver. It's hard wired into their DNA. Anything they attempt is going to cost more and take much longer than promised.

The prime function of CapMetro is to provide well paid, easy, secure jobs to the friends and families of elected officials. There are no incentives at all in the CapMetro structure that would encourage competent management.

Imagine the economic devastation that could have been caused had CapMetro been allowed to tear up streets all over town! Hundreds of businesses would have gone under, tens of thousands of people would have their quality of life reduced by greatly prolonged commutes caused by the devastation of main roads, and the environment would have been pummeled.

The great thing about the commuter rail is that it lets CapMetro follow their imperative of spending lots of money without causing much economic destruction in the process.

That's a very curious way to interpret history. Rapid Bus is not being delayed because it's hard to do or because it's over budget or because it's going to take long to build; it's being delayed because the city council members who sit on Capital Metro's board have come to the conclusion that it's not going to be worth the investment.

In other words, Capital Metro asked them to approve spending a ton of money on something which isn't going to improve conditions for the Austinites who pay essentially all of Capital Metro's bills. Rapid Bus is a joke.

Light rail, as proposed here in 2000, which matches the successful model in Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake, St. Louis, etc. would have been an economic godsend - it would have provided a real alternative to BOTH urban residents AND suburban ones (and deliver those suburban residents directly to UT and the Capitol, too). As it stands, much of the same exact "disruption" stands to happen anyways - for instance, Guadalupe is going to be torn up and reconstructed anyways (they were holding off on doing so in order to do it at the same time as light rail construction), and now there's not even any silver lining for that cloud.

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