Sunday, January 21, 2007

Is Cincinnati In?

As the transit space race heats up Cincinnati's paper takes a really big leap in beginning to advocate for rail. Perhaps this bus city with some short sighted leaders is changing its stripes to keep up with the rest of the country. I'll be watching with interest. So what are people saying?

Brian at Cincinnati Blog says the region shouldn't be involved in a city streetcar project.

The Gentleman Agitator discusses midwestern cities reluctance to embrace progress that doesn't include a bus.

The Cincinnati Post asks leaders to get their head out of the sand.

An article from earlier in the week.


Brian Griffin said...

Actually, I am in favor of the street car for the city. How it is financed is the issue. In Cincinnati we have a significant break between the city proper and outlying parts of the county and Metro area. This break is political, class, and race based.

If my blog post was confusing and led anyone to believe that I was against trolleys, light rail, or any mass transit, then I apologize.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Hey Brian,

I knew you were for it. I tend to agree that people who aren't involved and won't have tax money used for a project should not have a say in something like this. In Fact the outlying areas in Austin are what caused a 2000 defeat of light rail by less than 2000 votes with over 300,000 people voting.

It is disheartening to see people against something and able to sway opinion when they shouldn't have anything to do with it. In fact after the streetcar is built they might like it.