Come On, Do It For The Children
Casserole Bar has an interesting post up on Utah's transportation insanity. Naturally, we will always need to build roads. BUT Why should we saddle our families with miles of suburbs in which even the most mundane tasks require a car, insurance, and gas money? Why, in the age of high fuel and insurance costs, do we shackle Utah families to multiple cars when there is clearly a better and cheaper way? Why are billions of dollars made available for roads while paltry amounts for cheap public transit take YEARS to come through? Why are we talking about public transit spurs to the suburbs over the next twenty years when we have the resources to make them happen in the next five? Don't you think families would appreciate having other transportation options? Don't you think families would enjoy putting some of their gas money into their children's college funds or their extra car payment into home improvements? Our policy of "roads now, public transit in the future, we really promise, we totally will, it's really a priority and we're totally planning on talking about it in the future" is foolish.