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City breaks ground on Modern Streetcar

Supporters tout Sun Link as job-maker

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild helped break ground on the Tucson Modern Streetcar on Thursday.
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Apr 12, 2012, 2:23 pm
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This is very sad. While I agree it’s far from scientific…I do read a lot of commenters on the internet from Tucson who opine about the streetcar. My rough estimate is that for every one person who supports it, there’s roughly four or five that oppose it. It’s a crying shame that the City Council is just going to do whatever they’re going to do, knowing that the electorate in this town will never hold them accountable for anything.

And the supporters of the streetcar say that we voted for it. I remember the RTA on the ballot (I voted against it because it did not include plans for a crosstown freeway, and any traffic plan without a crosstown freeway has zero realistic change at succeeding in relieving traffic congestion in this town). I do remember mention of this…but it wasn’t a streetcar, it was a light rail, and it was implied that the thing would run actually across town, and not just be confined to the preferentially-treated Downtown/U of A area. So, that considered I am going to go on record and state that this streetcar does not have a voter mandate. I am also going to go on record and state that the streetcar will never be self-supporting, and the taxes it will take to run it will exceed the supposed increase in tax revenues from development along the streetcar route. There is nothing a streetcar can do that rubber-on-pavement can’t, except waste more money, time, and other resources.

I’d like anyone reading this to watch the Simpsons episode “Marge vs. The Monorail” from season 4. Here’s the wiki link about the episode…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_vs._the_Monorail

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Apr 12, 2012, 2:28 pm
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Well, Springfield only got hustled out of $3m for their boondoggle monorail. If you don’t want to count grant money as cash out of our pocket (which it really is), this is costing us $88 million from the RTA. How many potholes can be filled with $88 million?

We have GOT to stop this people!

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