BruceMcF

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  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post GOP Transport Bill Proposes to Cut That TIGER by BruceMcF.

    2014-05-14 19:30:46View | Delete

    The question is, how to punish them?

    What they are doing, after all, is going beyond what was at one time considered to be “normal” Republican policies: they are being truly radical reactionaries, even as they describe any moderate opposition they face as being radical leftists.

  • BruceMcF wrote a new diary post: GOP Transport Bill Proposes to Cut That TIGER

    2014-05-11 17:16:53View | Delete

    Reposted from the Sunday Train series at Voices on the Square. I guess Sunday Train did not cover the White House transport proposal, which put forward a $302b 4-year surface transportation authorization, more than $20b per year higher than current levels. With respect to rail funding, it proposed reorganizing intercity passenger rail funding into Current Rail Service and Rail [...]

  • BruceMcF wrote a new diary post: Do Supertrains Help Small Town and Rural America?

    2014-04-20 19:39:16View | Delete

    {Reprinted from the Hillbilly Report.org , April 21, 2009.} { Except for updating images to correct for link rot, edits in braces and italics.} This last weekend I wrote up a small diary , cross-posted to various places … which even stumbled into being wrecklisted at Agent Orange … about the High Speed Rail plan . That diary focused on [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-15 03:38:51View | Delete

    “This seems to assume that weather conditions do not affect bike stats.” I do not see anywhere where any such assumption is made, so where, exactly, do you think it does that? There are prospective “strong and fearless” riders that obey the law, and the design elements in support of that fraction of the population [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-15 03:28:27View | Delete

    I’m not quite sure why you ask that question in response to an essay where an updated Bike Plan for the US city of Austin references both the Netherlands, in the material discussed in the essay, as well as Spanish experiences in further material linked to in the essay.

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-15 03:26:16View | Delete

    My solution to combining bike commuting in Newcastle, Australia with bus commuting and the occasional taxi home later in the evening was a folding bike. A good aluminum 20″ 7sp folder was also handy because I could put it under my desk in the office, so didn’t have to worry about the bike wandering away [...]

  • BruceMcF wrote a new diary post: Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan

    2014-04-13 19:24:40View | Delete

    Last week, I came across a post at People for Bike , called Four Simple Lessons from Austin’s Brilliant Bike Plan Update … and after reading the post, I clicked on through to the overview of the Bike Plan Update that they were referring to, and it was even better than they said. Once I saw that, I [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Koch Brothers Aim to Screw Tennessee Transit Riders & Motorists by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-09 21:05:58View | Delete

    But your conclusion that it is a poorly conceived transport project is, on your account, based on going to a project opposition site with checking with whether any of what they say is debunked by project supporters, but instead saying, in effect, that I am a lying son of a bitch deliberately setting out to [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Koch Brothers Aim to Screw Tennessee Transit Riders & Motorists by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-07 11:26:33View | Delete

    “After reading the FAQs at StopAmp.org I understand why you are using the evil Koch brothers for a stalking horse instead of presenting answers to the concerns and information presented there which never even mentions safety problems.” As you note, the StopAmp.org site is only one part of the messaging being rolled out, since the [...]

  • In a move to squash the freedom and local political autonomy of Nashville residents, the Koch Brothers-finded Americans For Prosperity turn out to be supporting a proposed State of Tennessee law outlawing Bus Rapid Transit systems that have dedicated lanes. From ThinkProgress:

    On Thursday, the Tennessee Senate passed SB 2243 , which includes an amendment that ‘prohibits metropolitan governments and [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Our Trebly Broken Highway Funding System by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-31 16:21:33View | Delete

    My argument is that the central question of the infrastructure funding crisis is how we start directing sufficient infrastructure funding to infrastructure investment that is part of the process of our industrial economy not committing suicide. If the way that you express disagreement over whether that is the central question is to assume that I [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Our Trebly Broken Highway Funding System by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-31 11:38:42View | Delete

    As far as the privatization, remember that this is the Sunday Train (mostly) regular (mostly) weekly series that I’ve been writing for years (though not as long at MyFDL, of course), and its not possible for each one to include everything … I don’t have time to write everything on the subject of sustainable energy [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Our Trebly Broken Highway Funding System by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-30 23:24:58View | Delete

    Though the refusal to index (never mind catch up) the federal gasoline included a period when the Democrats held majorities in both chambers of Congress and a Democratic President, so the first two layers of the funding crisis and our ongoing politically incapacity to address them are more a problem of the neoliberal consensus than [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Our Trebly Broken Highway Funding System by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-30 23:20:55View | Delete

    I think that the decision was made before Kasich became Governor, as he was quite deliberately pandering to the road building lobby during the campaign pretending that it would be possible to divert the funds to road building. That was, of course, absurd, and of course in the end the money just went to fund [...]

  • BruceMcF wrote a new diary post: Our Trebly Broken Highway Funding System

    2014-03-30 18:24:45View | Delete

    Over the balance of this year, you are likely to hear more and more about our broken Highway Funding system. For instance, William Moore, of the consultancy group Vianovo and member of the Transportation Transformation Group, wrote at Infra Insight this last 13 March that:

    Absent swift action by Congress, state departments of transportation will begin to [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Travelled by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-24 12:52:47View | Delete

    I’m living in a small town that is on the edge of a medium sized urbanized area, and on bike I can easily reach that exact same type of area. We are fortunate in that we have one of the mid-sized Ohio universities in our county, so that the county transit authority is a collaboration [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Travelled by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-24 12:48:13View | Delete

    Note that the job killing part is the shift in the tax structure … maintaining an overall progressive tax structure while reducing total taxes do not have the same bite as far as killing jobs by shifting incentives from long term growth to making a quick killing. That effect also hits the abilities of local [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Travelled by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-24 12:46:47View | Delete

    The 2007-2009 Recession and the weak growth that followed combined to form the labor market Depression we are currently experiencing … even given the weak job growth since the recession ended in mid-2009, if we had not lost so much employment during the recession, we would be below 10% real unemployed labor hours by now [...]

  • BruceMcF commented on the diary post Sunday Train: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Travelled by BruceMcF.

    2014-03-24 01:57:54View | Delete

    Yes, that’s one of two factors cited in the piece, “weak economic growth since the start of the 2007-9 Recession.” That factor is often used to argue that once “the economy returns to normal”, why, then VMT will start increasing “like normal” as well. But of course, the economic growth system from the second half [...]

  • BruceMcF wrote a new diary post: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Traveled

    2014-03-23 17:43:33View | Delete

    Earlier this month, the philly.com website of the Philadelphia Inquirer carried a story, “Drop in traffic on area highways forces review of plans.”  It cites several “area” road funding decisions based on assumptions of growing traffic, which turned out to be false: A $2.5b New Jersey Turnpike widening justifiedm in 2005, by projections of a 68% increase in traffic [...]

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