Local officials will give away local control
Please. Read this paragraph from the Met Council’s 2030 Transportation Policy Plan, adopted in 2004 and updated in 2010.
Changing Federal Policies
Over the last two years the federal government has begun to focus more funding resources on projects that support livability and sustainability, and to coordinate the investment policies of US DOT with that of HUD and EPA. This emphasis has led to money becoming available for projects like streetcars that were not typically funded by FTA in the past. The coordination of investments strategy also means that more HUD money for affordable housing will be spent on projects located in areas with good transit service, benefiting the residents with better travel options, the transit system with more potential ridership, and improving air quality through fewer vehicle miles traveled in private cars. (page 115-6)
Anybody who tells you trains and streetcars are about transportation are not being honest. It’s no surprised that we have congestion and projects we don’t want when transit funding is tied to housing dollars and a concern about “livability and sustainability.” What the heck does that mean, anyhow?
Local officials are dazzled by the amount of money the federal government dangles for infrastructure projects, such as Southwest and Bottineau LRT. But nobody mentions all of the strings associated with those (printing press) dollars. Our elected officials can’t wait to cut a ribbon and tell us they gave us a train. But they’re also signing us up to conform to requirements on housing and the environment that won’t necessarily reflect the needs of our communities since they come from D.C.
Light rail proponents take the benefits summaries at face value, without reading or questioning the full reports. Or worse – they read the reports, know they are binding future generations to constraints and mandates, and sell us on it anyhow.
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