In the next car, Biden told another passenger that “If we get elected, it will be the most train-friendly administration ever.”
Yeah, sounds great. Considering that I'm not aware of a previous administration I'd call "train friendly", I'm not sure it's a high bar they're attempting to o'er leap.
Just remember, Biden commutes via AMTRAK, and Obama lives in a transit oriented neighborhood, a few blocks from a commuter rail station.
Oh, I know. I want to be optimistic. And I know the reason they don't talk about it in the campaign is that they're afraid people will think the Democrats are trying to take their cars away.It's a big step forward. I'm just pessimistic because we're so far behind. That said, this is one of the key reasons I'm voting for Obama/Biden.
Currently, public transit and transit-oriented development has largely escaped the attention of right-wing culture warriors, but a few of them have noticed from time to time, so we can tell what they are likely to say.They'd say that public transit and transit-oriented development are about dragging people out of their houses and cars and stuffing them into apartment buildings and buses and trains against their will.In fact, one right-winger stated some months back that even if there were subway-train stations right next to his home and workplace, he'd still drive to work.That hotels and airliners have a similar sardine-can quality does not seem to bother them.And they'd also whine about how much tax money goes to support such supposedly marginal transport systems.
As I wrote on Streetsblog, the Lincoln administration is a tough act to follow.
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