Sunday, June 01, 2008

Quality of Life = Effective and reasonable public transportation

Light Rail Transit
Originally uploaded by Gee!Bee.
I'm going to weigh in on the current discussion of public transportation in southside Hampton Roads.

Here's my assertion: Without effective and reasonable public transportation, Hampton Roads will find itself beyond gridlock with a quality of life approximating living on top of a sewage treatment plant.

While over at Avenging Archangel, Reid Greenmun notes,
A whole lot of folks have no trouble getting around Virginia Beach after 7 PM or on Sundays.

Of course, they don't depend soley on riding HRT buses or Paratransit vans for their transportation.
The attitude which underlies this comment is clear: we don't need public transportation; we are a community for cars; we don't want the likes of public transportation here.

Sad, really.

We not only need buses, but we need a comprehensive public transportation plan which embraces ferries, rail, and buses. Sure, more roads, highways, and tunnels may look nice, but in the long run, they will only bring more traffic, more cars, more trucks.

We must create a livable city, one that encourages our residents to garage their cars in order to use effective public transportation.

It is Mr. Greenmun's attitude which will bring gridlock to southside Hampton Roads and create a community in which none of us find joy.

I offer Mr. Greenmum this challenge: find another community with a similar population at Hampton Roads which has as poor a public transportation system, and ask yourself this: "Is this the type of place in which I want to live and work and call home?"

I can predict the answer.

We cannot bury our heads in the sand, as Mr. Greenmum would like us to do, any longer. We must be thinking of, and preparing for, the future. The status quo will no longer work.

As Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

H/t to Michael Ragsdale at Ideas for Hampton Roads Transit.


  1. Thanks. This is so true; something needs to be done. Considering you live in Portsmouth:

    * Unless you live on Portsmouth Blvd between Victory Crossing & Downtown, you have no bus service after 7 PM or at all on Sundays (that stretch of Portsmouth Blvd is covered by Route 45, believed to be paid for by Norfolk). So, it's not just Virginia Beach, but Portsmouth, and Chesapeake also (Chesapeake is especially bad: they don't even send a city council person to the HRT Board like all the other cities do)

  2. Actually Reid's head is up his glutius maximus.

    The Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance is obsessed with their conspiracy theories, and a couple of them involve mass transit. One at least three occassions Reid Greenmun (the VBTA Transportation Chairman) has publicly called for abolishing HRT.

    The VBTA only has extremist ideology, with no clue as how to govern. It's City Council candidates will be stomped in November, and the Kool-Aid chuggers will have no idea what hit them.

  3. My, my, my, Henry and his side kick Michael sure enjoy their name calling. Very mature.

    Public transportation makes sense when density and ridership support it. The cost of builting and maintaining public transportation for our region that could provide adequate service to connect our spread out population with equally spreadout service sector employment takes that option off the table.

    My remarks quoted here are truthful and selve to balance the propaganda of the taxpayer subsidized mass transit lobbyists; to include HRT shill Henry Ryto.

    To answer the question, I enjoy living here, but would not enjoy living here if I had to depend on HRT for my transportation.

    Quality of life is important and the freedom to travel where I need, whe n I need, and with whom I need is a very importatn aspect of my quality of life.

    Henry is correct that I support abolishing HRT. For those that wish to ride mass transit, the private sector should offer such services, not government. HRT spends a great deal of the time, focus, and our tax dollars - lobbying for more tax dollars.

    The private sector will offer service when the demand is sufficent to cover the cost of the service and is paid for by the customers.

    Wealth redistribution to tax non-transit riders to subsidze transit riders is not only bad public policy, it is simply unfair.

    Our cities and towns have transportation needs. We are not "one region" no matter who much the regionalist like to claim otherwise.

    I don't oppose intelligent investment in mass transit, I oppose foolish misuse of precious tax funds for low volume transit boondoggles and I oppose a political movement intended to support the desires of social free loaders that do not care to pay the cost of the services they are demanding.

    The pro-transit lobby could help their cause if they supported wise investment. Instead they support any investment in taxpayer-subsidized mass transit, wise or not.

    Their failure to decern between the two is one of the many reasons they continue to fail.

    -Reid Greenmun