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Re: “Road to Nowhere: The State of Public Transportation

The Tiger grant was almost a done deal. It looked really good, but if memory serves, the loud anti-public trans noises might have chilled the grant on the D.C. side. Our Washington delegation could have worked harder on this for us.

I totally agree that without a reliable local funding option, we will never get a decent bus/rail system in here.

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Posted by Yossarian_22 on 09/04/2013 at 2:47 PM

Re: “A Different Track

I was a member of the CCDC CAC that worked on the circulator plan. The reason why they wanted fixed rails in the street as opposed to a rubber tire option was that a business community needed to know that once in the ground, there would be no changing the routes, and therefore, killing that ever-so-precious traffic that once ran in front of your store. Confidence in rider traffic is a big factor in these systems. The problem came in that the business community liked the idea, but got squeamish on the overall tax/benefit ratio. Yes, other downtowns have realized positive results, but Boise is not like them and it's really easy to scare off the natives unless you can really show that this will work for them. There were a lot of public trans haters making a lot of noise at the time, too. They'll be back, you can bet on it.

The other reason that rail vs rubber is sought after is that a rail model is much sexier than a "bus" style. It doesn't have to be that way, however. There are BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems that can demonstrate the look and feel of a rail system. They are much cheaper and you can solve the route commitment issue by selling its flexibility and a modifying tax that moves with the route. If the route falls too far away from your front door, you pay less and visa-versa. Funding has always been a major sticking point here. The Idaho leg is totally deaf to this issue and there are too many haters to fight. You have to have a local option tax to spread the costs to, because you just can't hit the route sitters for all of it.

Re the comments made about the connectivity ideas from the article....all true. We discussed at length the possibilities on where the circulator would eventually go. The first phase of the project would have led to 'wings' that extend the circulator to the BSU area on the east to the Boise River/30th St upgrade to the west. And then a North/South concept overlaid on that. All of this would improve public transportation options for Boise and it gives the VRT bus system good anchor points to rely on for upgrades, as well.

None of this is cheap, but $4.00/gas isn't either, and it's here to stay, and get higher. While I am supportive of a rail in ground concept, I believe that a rubber tired BRT should be considered more strongly.

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Posted by Yossarian_22 on 09/04/2013 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Occupy Boise Pickets Romney Fundraiser

Mitt Romney is a coifed equity fund geek that took over companies and fired workers to boost bottom lines, then unload debt onto them for a send-off. LBOs (leveraged buyouts) are just cynical tools to make money and who cares what happens to the companies.

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Posted by Yossarian_22 on 02/19/2012 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Rammell "Jokes" About "Obama Tags"

What a stupid jerk. Typical GOP cretin!

Posted by Yossarian_22 on 08/27/2009 at 4:34 PM

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