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  •  Maybe I should have titled this diary, "ALEC (3+ / 0-)
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    webranding, Sychotic1, sebastianguy99

    strikes again!"

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:18:29 PM PDT

    •  The Only Good News Is My Local Politicans (1+ / 0-)
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      are pretty good with public transportation. We fight with both MO and Chicago to keep our rail line fees as low as possible. I ride it all the time and it is a stark reality that in the higher incomes areas nobody uses it. I am at the end of the line and I am usually the only person on it. But as you get to the lower income areas that places fills up very quickly.

      •  Wow! Americans are too tied to our cars. That's (3+ / 0-)
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        webranding, HeyMikey, Tinfoil Hat

        the problem here in Atlanta. People who can't afford cars will use public transportation, but so many just don't want to give up their cars. Sadly, public transportation has suffered because it hasn't been developed in favor of roads for cars. If we had more comprehensive public transportation, it would be easier to use, but since it isn't easy to use, we don't get to have better public transportation. :(

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:41:17 PM PDT

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        •  I Mentioned We Fight With Chicago (1+ / 0-)
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          Lily O Lady

          cause they get the bulk of public transportation funds. Ridership here is much lower then expected, so less fees collected. They wanted us to raise our fees. Literally both Republicans and Democrats from my part of the state joined together and said they'd shut down the state government if they forced us to raise our fees. We won.

          Now I LOVE my car, but living in DC a block from Union Station I got used to using public transportation and fell in love with it.

          I mean I live in a rural area and I can walk two blocks, get on a bus, and in less then five minutes get to a metro stop. Heck even if I drive parking is FREE. I can also ride all day for $7. Bus transfers are FREE.

          Most folks I know think I am crazy for using it. Why not drive? But I'd rather use it and read then drive and get stuck in traffic.

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