Sobering news about how much time metro detroiters spend in traffic and how much its costing them. A new report from The Texas Transportation Institute’s annual Urban Mobility Report says peak-time travelers in the Detroit area lose an average of 52 hours a year and waste 34 gallons of fuel because of traffic congestion and transit delays. Isn’t it time state lawmakers passed comprehensive legislation raising the proper revenues to improve our roads, bridges and transit systems. Tell them to just do it!
Archive for July, 2009
Kudos to MDOT Director Kirk Stuedle for his letter in the Detroit News reminding folks of the importance of high-speed rail to Michigan’s future and the benefits such a system brings. Read how Michigan is positionining itself, in collaboration with other midwestern states, to receive Recovery Funds for such a project.
Here’s an interesting article from CNN Money on-line about the “cost” of high speed rail. With most anything, cost can be defined in different ways. Far too often it is defined in the most stark terms of money, without a real exploration of the cost to society if the policy is implemented or not. That is why you have to go to the very last few sentences of this article to understand the real cost of not putting in place high speed rail and appropriate public transit in our communities. I’ll be honest and say it here.., public transit is not a money-maker, but that is not why it has been implemented successfully in ciites across the world. As noted by University of Pennsylvania Transportation Professor Vukan Vuchic, it has been implemented as a public service to improve quality of life. The real bottom line according to Vuchic is that “Cities that offer you decent choices in high-speed rail are better than those who only offer you highway”.