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  •  We need public transportation in this country. (15+ / 0-)

    We can no longer solely depend on gas guzzling cars while even the roads and the bridges are not being fixed to drive on them.

    It is time.

    The existence of public transportation does NOT limit oil and insurance companies' plus the car making selling businesses' profits. I realize that they too employ people and need the profits.

    It would make the jobs and the profits in such companies and the businesses more stable and lasting however if more people have access to work because of the availability of efficient public transportation. More people working means more people are being able to buy cars and whatnot and that means more money for the businesses.

    Their fucking greedy egos have blinded them and turned them into drooling idiots. Insane? Yes. They are clinically, scientifically insane. On the road to self destruction.

    Time to wake up.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:53:59 AM PDT

    •  zenox - another diary for another day - but (10+ / 0-)

      in america, we have a "land mass" problem not experienced in europe (all of europe can fit into texas, etc.)

      let's get fineena back on her feet/wheels and then take this conversation to another spot.

      thanks.  i agree, btw, that we need much better public transportation that is affordable!

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:04:12 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. (6+ / 0-)

        That "land mass" problem makes me a firm believer in the urgency of effective public transportation in the U.S. because of what is happening to people like fineena. Even after we are able to get a car and the insurance for it, we live dependent on its lasting with no margin of error like an accident, sickness causing loss of pay and inability of keeping up with the insurance bills. And don't even mention the expense of keeping a car running. Owning a car is first immediate step but it also locks us in a cycle of doom unless we have steady, comfy income independent of the jobs the cars are enabling us to keep. In short, we need the car to keep the job and we need the job to keep the car. Sickness, accident, natural calamities that are more likely to happen than not?

        I am all for helping fineena to get a car and I hope that happens but the real issue is making sure fineena has access to public transportation enabling her keeping her job and thus able to afford upkeep of a car.

        "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

        by zenox on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:49:47 PM PDT

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        •  the good news is that she has a car - it runs but (6+ / 0-)

          she needs to register and insure it.  moving from another state and the morass of changing over isn't cheap.

          san francisco and san jose are starting something new - "community cars" you can rent by the hour call "zipcar" - perfect for cities with good transit but when people need to transport goods too big for mass transit.

          her hometown isn't set up for mass transit - it is too much urban sprawl.  the communities are too far apart and too diverse for one transit line.  the main routes into downtown work but hers isn't a "downtown" town.  it USED to be until the shopping centers were built on the outreaches to meet the needs of each community and subdivision.  the city covered almost 300 sq miles at last count.  to get to the locations a small entrepeneur would need to reach to place merchandise - and have samples on hand, public transport isn't the option.

          i lived in nyc for decades - didn't need a car there - same for san francisco and even some towns like san jose, ca (which is only 172 sq miles).  those cities have excellent light rail and infrastructure for transit.

          fineena's town is working on it - but it only serves to bring people into the downtown area - a once thriving place that went to a ghost town and is now successfully back again as a viable town center. that center, however, is more about restaurants, theatre and more, not the plethora of shops and small businesses it once was.  times change - and with it, so do transportation issues.  not all situations fit into one bag.

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:46:48 PM PDT

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