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November 12, 2007


Jan Blum

Glad that the study shows what intuitively should be true. However, reductions in car use will be directly tied to transit performance: number, frequency & punctuality etc, of vehicles. Transit planners also appear to disregard weekend traffic, the time when most people attend to errands & recreation). In areas around Boston, a major transit oriented city, these services are steadily worsening.


One wonders how much of the "worsening service" problem is tied to public perception that public transit is "subsidized" rather than "funded." That's what we see here in the Milwaukee area: People honestly believe that bus service, for instance, should PAY FOR ITSELF with fares. Amazing.


Great analysis. My ONLY complaint is an idiomatic pet peeve: to "drink the Kool-Aid" is not to adopt a school of thought, radical or otherwise. It specifically means to engage in a school of thought so deeply that one is led to self-destruction in adhering strictly to one's beliefs. Thus, "drinking the Kool-Aid" in regards to TOD implies that adherents to that mode of urban development have been destroyed or otherwise made to suffer by this philosophy.

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