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    I believe that urban centers are very strong entities to deal with these transportation issues. They hold the most people per square mile and have better capabilities to retrofit their transportation networks to adapt to non-vehicular commuter travel. Before the recession, I think most transit commuters would have said that they chose transit either because of congestion (an inexorable problem) and costs. Nowadays, on the other side of the recession and sharpened focus on global warming, it's the costs as well as the environmental reasons.

    But you look at cities and counties across the country, the push for non-automotive forms of transportation has never been as strong. The number of new bike lanes and transit routes (the Silver Line of the DC Metrorail, for instance) going up in the DC area is phenomenal. Also, many areas like Fairfax County, VA; Arlington County, VA; Montgomery County, MD; and District of Columbia have taken a pro-active and hard, unprecedented approach to codifying transit options as a necessary trend to encourage, for commuting and environmental reasons alike. Many new developments will no be approved unless they can prove that they have a strong plan to encourage non-vehicular travel.

    I'm a believer that cars should be the exception to the rule, not the norm. It's great to have access to a car when you need to go somewhere that's very hard to access by train or bus or biking and walking. But is it necessary in the day-to-day mundane commute? For most major cities, the answer should be "No." The problem I see is that cars are overused for commuting and everyday purposes. That concept should be turned on its head. So, I think there's a way to frame the debate without getting into the whole "anti-car" scare.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:21:29 AM PST

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