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.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.
Of course, they don't depend soley on riding HRT buses or Paratransit vans for their transportation.
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.