Wednesday, June 21, 2006

It's Transportation, Stupid!

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign yesterday to increase funding for transit -- see stories about it in the DesNews and the Trib. And in the coming weeks, the chamber-initiated group called 2015 Transportation Alliance will also unveil proposals for increased funding for roads.

It is interesting to me to see the business community lead such a push for transit. Not that long ago, transit was a dirty word, something most politicians and business leaders stayed away from. I've always thought that the transportation system is the "skeleton" on which we build our regional character, a la the writings of Alex Marshall -- see my previous blog entries on that topic here and here.

Now the issue comes down to the brass tacks -- how to actually make things happen. In this case, it will take a substantial change in the way we invest in and build our transportation system, and amazingly the chamber is pushing forward to lead this effort. But, as with all such matter where money is involved, there will be a lot of disagreement and debate, because someone else will want that money to do other things, or spend it differently. That's what politics is all about, allocating who gets what, and thus effective planning is tied to politics.

Take a look at the 2015 Transportation Alliance website for more information. Lane Beattie will be coming to the Davis County COG meeting tonight to talk about this to the Davis County mayors and county commissioners.


At 5:49 AM, Blogger google_PEAK_OIL said...

I would like to believe that the new emphasis on transit is due to some in the chamber waking up to the possibility that the roads of 2015 may not be quite so gridlocked as they've been told, due to a scarcity of fuel.

A workforce that can't afford it's gas and has few transit options is an immobile workforce and will put a community at a major competitive disadvantage to others with robust transit options. Businesses that set up shop out in the exurbs may begin to wonder why their competitors downtown near transit hubs are attracting higher quality employees for less money.

ps I don't mean to turn your blog into a peak oil blog. In an ideal world I would be only one of dozens of commenters to your excellent socially relevant blog.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Smiley said...


At 9:18 PM, Blogger Wilf said...

Not a problem, Peak Oil. It's nice that at least someone is making some comments. Don't know what it means that others don't -- people seem reluctant to make their views known. Keep going!

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