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  •  Europe (3+ / 0-)
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    pHunbalanced, Mnemosyne, BYw

    The US Senate is begging to be abolished. Let's fulfill its request.

    by freelunch on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 08:46:30 AM PST

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    •  Interesting you should say that. (1+ / 0-)
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      HylasBrook

      In many places where conditions resemble those of Europe, we do have substantial mass transit in place.

      When I work downtown, I tend to take the Metra train.
      Commuters from Long Island tend to ride the LIRR.

      Some train lines make a ton of sense -- Boston to New York comes to mind.

      I'd bet Chicago-Detroit would be another, or San-Franciso/LA.

      But --

      The US isn't Europe.
      Our people are more spread out and the distances are greater.
      And -- Most Europeans countries tax the absolute living shit out of gasoline.

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      by dinotrac on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 08:55:43 AM PST

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      •  If any small city outside a major conurbation.. (1+ / 0-)
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        BYw

        could use a rail tie-in, it would be Madison. Due to its unique geography, a good portion of its traffic is funneled through a densely populated isthmus less than a mile wide. A rather large proportion of the population are students or employees at UW-Madison, which actively discourages the use of cars through scarce, expensive parking passes. However, we do have a good bus system in town and very healthy ridership on the intercity bus lines to Chicago and Milwaukee.

        But if Walker wants to turn the money down, it should be very publicly be sent to Illinois. He'd already have something to live down before his term had even started.

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