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Old 09-22-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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300 mile $7b Alabama pike gets dream publicity - but is it a dream?
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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I mean, if these guys had wanted to make some real money with a toll road, they would have built one that connected Montgomery to I-10 via Dothan, with a spur that went on down to Panama City. THAT would have actually had some potential.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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"It was a dream PR launch." - from the article cited by BstYet2Be. Ameri Metro hired well-respected (and well-connected) Montgomery operative Brent Buchanan to handle the PR. Buchanan has worked with many winning political campaigns, and is a great guy to boot. His (paid) involvement is the only reason I give the project any credibility.

Like jakabedy said, maybe the Psychic Friends know something... heh
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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"It was a dream PR launch." - from the article cited by BstYet2Be. Ameri Metro hired well-respected (and well-connected) Montgomery operative Brent Buchanan to handle the PR. Buchanan has worked with many winning political campaigns, and is a great guy to boot. His (paid) involvement is the only reason I give the project any credibility.

Like jakabedy said, maybe the Psychic Friends know something... heh
Yeah, but the notion makes no commercial sense.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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I can't wait until the whole state is turned into highways. We'll have more miles of highways than people.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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The developer Shah Mathias was on WVNN (770 AM / 92.5 FM) with Dale Jackson this morning. Dale introduced the segment saying the project was a scam and asked Mathias about his sex offense conviction. Mathias hung up after offering a nonsensical defense ("I was out of the country" when the 17 year old girl was groped).
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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This sounds pretty crazy, but the west side of the state could use something like this. I'm from NW Alabama and would love something like this. I HATE I65!!!!!!

But, like most, I think this is bogus. It's way too progressive for Alabama.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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This sounds pretty crazy, but the west side of the state could use something like this. I'm from NW Alabama and would love something like this. I HATE I65!!!!!!

But, like most, I think this is bogus. It's way too progressive for Alabama.
Well, West Alabama has to have some kind of viable economy for something like this to make the least bit of sense. I realize it's kind of a chicken/egg scenario, but that portion of the state has never invested in education, industry, or anything else. With the exception of Tuscaloosa, of course. But one 150,000 metro area along a 300-mile freeway just isn't enough to merit its building.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:51 PM
 
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A toll road in Alabama is about as likely as a Waffle House in New York City.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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But, like most, I think this is bogus. It's way too progressive for Alabama.
You say progressive, I say waste of money. Part of the beauty of the South is that you don't have to drive on toll roads, and a population that has lived its entire life without driving on them (except that one over by Tuscaloosa by the airfield) will not pay for them. I spent some time living in Massachusetts when I was younger, and driving the Mass Turnpike ("The Pike") was SO annoying and SUCH a hassle. Not to mention you have to pay for it, which is kinda ridiculous since it's the only way to go that route without taking forever. Toll roads and the South go together like oil and water.
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