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What Transit Opponents (and advocates) Get Wrong

IMG_2456In the debates over extending transit systems such as light rail and bus rapid transit lines you will hear repeated over and over again how Americans just don’t use transit. They love their cars. They want freedom and convenience that transit can’t provide.

On the other side, transit advocates speak about how transit use reduces pollution and congestion.

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I-5 Bridge Still #1 Priority of Clark County Residents

Despite the noise and fury around light rail and the now-fading Columbia River Crossing idea–and, yes, Commissioner Madore’s out-of-left-field idea to link the booming metropolises of Camas and Troutdale, the majority of respondents to a poll in the Columbian still say that fixing the I-5 Bridge is the key Clark County transportation challenge.

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Discussions and Good Ideas

As long as the status quo is working, we can afford to remain polite. But when we see the status quo is no longer working, we must speak up.

Adam Kahane , Solving Tough Problems, 2004
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Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!

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