Comment 39918

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted April 16, 2010 at 17:20:39

"spectrum being incredibly shifted off balance."

Sure, I'll have a try at clarification. Expressions like the following are case in point:

  • "bike-lobby needs to clue in" : there is no bike lobby (a small one maybe) that I'm aware of, unless by lobby you mean individuals to whom this is a meaningful issue. I am not part of a lobby, I am very much thinking and acting on my own. If that is the case, the the automotive lobby is an elephant and the bike lobby is a mouse. Car makers were not allowed to sink or swim on their own merits and the free market they claim to be. They received billions from the government. There is documented (Google it, I have enough work to do today) conspiracy of motor industries destroying electrified trolley/LRT transit within cities. Where exactly is the heavyweight lobbying?

  • "We need to put down the biased studies and reports" : Which studies would those be? The ones that illustrate successful case studies of balancing modes of transportation, citing cities where it is working, giving us examples of some working solutions and ideas? Or would it be the studies that find ever stronger links between traffic exhaust and asthma/allergy rates? What part of dirty air may cause death is fake exactly?

  • "deal with reality" : That is exactly what is being attempted. Pollution kills people. Roads cannot be widened to infinity. Population cannot continue growing, with everyone in a single occupant vehicle, while maintaining adequate room and maintainability. Einstein's definition of insanity is attempting the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

"Are you talking at Willowbrook maintenance yard and/or outposts?"

No I'm not talking about trains in yards undergoing inspection. That is obvious that trains go to yards to be inspected and maintained. I'm talking about the GO trains that sit on the tracks in Hamilton above the Hunter street terminal, waiting for the next sliver of time (between 6:12AM and 7:17AM) when they are graciously permitted through. GO wants to run all day trains across the GTA but are being held back due to lack of track time. While we bitch and moan and widen highways, others have built dedicated commuter tracks and electrified them. Have you seen the MASSIVE roadworks that are ongoing? Think the same can't be done to put in another track? Of course it can, you just have to want to! Metrolinx wanted to electrify the GO corridor!

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2010-04-16 16:26:56

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