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Monday, January 09, 2006

Not Resolved to Sit in Traffic

In a New York Times Magazine article, contributing writer Ann Hulbert suggests that city dwellers have no option but to resolve to sit in traffic. Residents of the most-congested places in the U.S., D.C., Los Angeles, and the San Francisco-Oakland area, must come to terms with the fact “that a quest for comprehensive congestion control is in vain.” Our government officials have given up, even on public transportation, Ms. Hulbert writes.

I would like to believe this is not true. Laying more concrete is certainly not the solution. Entire cities could be paved over with new and expanded highways, and the roads would still be clogged with cars. Taking cars off the roads is the solution, which can be accomplished by making rail available. This form of mass transit is not subject to traffic tie-ups, among its other advantages. Government should make rail available. If people insist on relying on personal automobiles despite the availability of rail and instead want to sit in gridlock, that is their problem


  • Neither my husband nor I have traditional jobs that require sitting in 8-to-5 traffic, thank goodness. We both agree that we'd move to a smaller city before we'd spend endless hours parked on the freeway--it's maddening. And I will NOT give up pushing for more mass transit.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 7:08 AM, January 09, 2006  

  • If only they would get real and build real mass transit for Houston. Imagine riding a train from Conroe to work. How about a train to Minute Maid park?

    I keep dreaming.

    By Blogger ConroeTexas, at 11:51 AM, January 09, 2006  

  • Houston is decades behind where it should be in terms of mass transit. If Representative Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, is “The Hammer,” why is Houston in the Stone Age as concerns transportation? Considering the influence Rep. DeLay had in Washington, and considering that Representative John Culberson, R-Houston, is on the House Appropriations Committee and the transportation appropriations subcommittee, Houston should be receiving all kinds of federal money for transportation. Houston should have extensive light rail. Houston should have maglev trains. Houstonians should be traveling around in flying cars!

    If ConroeTexas commutes between Houston and Conroe, is he or she aware of the Brazos Transit buses that go to and from the park & rides in The Woodlands? I rode the bus for three years while attending law school in Houston.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 3:17 AM, January 10, 2006  

  • Take Chicago for example! Great train system and still tons of traffic on the freeway!

    I would rather sit on the train than traffic any day.

    Lets not forget that if housing in these cities were affordable less people would need to commute!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 8:50 AM, January 10, 2006  

  • I've been on DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) buses or trains since 1989.

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 9:29 PM, January 10, 2006  

  • not sure why I just told you that, who gives a flyin' flip what I'm doin' :)

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 9:30 PM, January 10, 2006  

  • I think it is cool that DART is available to you and that you take advantage of it.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 2:56 AM, January 11, 2006  

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