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Old 10-01-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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WASHINGTON - It could be a critical day for Metro as senators are expected to pass a dedicated funding bill for the transit system, which would deliver $1.5 billion in federal funds over 10 years.
The bill has already cleared the House. It hasn't been easy getting the bill, spearheaded by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), through the Senate. Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has refused to endorse the bill, saying his taxpayers should not pay to fund Metro.

Metro on track to receive $1.5B in federal funding
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The article mentions nothing specifically about LA getting any of this money. I think LA and Southern CA gets screwed by the federal govt so much. Other east coast cities like DC and Boston receive much more federal money for their transportation projects (ie Big Dig) than cities out west. LA has the nation's worst transportation problems yet other cities receive more money.

" Local leaders maintain that nearly 40 percent of rush hour riders on the Metro system are federal employees.
"The Metro is America's subway, and I think funding is on the way," Davis said Wednesday."

This BS, the DC Metro is DC's subway, not America's. Just b/c federal workers use it doesn't mean the country is responsible for giving large amounts of funding to it. Mexicans from Tijuana who commute to San Diego for jobs use our Light Rail system everyday, does that mean Mexico should pay for it's expansion?
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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^ Los Angeles just got $210M to test FastLanes, a gift from the New York State legislature.
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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^ Los Angeles just got $210M to test FastLanes, a gift from the New York State legislature.
exactly, LA gets screwed. $210 million vs $ 1.5 BILLION.
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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There is a sign at Metro Center in DT DC that says, "Welcome to America's Subway"

If the sign says it is, then it must be.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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The article mentions nothing specifically about LA getting any of this money. I think LA and Southern CA gets screwed by the federal govt so much. Other east coast cities like DC and Boston receive much more federal money for their transportation projects (ie Big Dig) than cities out west. LA has the nation's worst transportation problems yet other cities receive more money.
Because they know 100% that people are going to actually ride ours for not only work commutes, but to go to sports games, shopping, and out to eat. And I don't think you guys get screwed. You're complaining about geting "screwed" all the time but let's see you live in Buffalo, Detroit, or Cleveland for a year, especially during an after snow season and then tell me you guys get "screwed." You ain't seen nothin' yet, *dun dun*, b-b-b-baby you just ain't seen nothin' yet, *dun dun*.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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Because they know 100% that people are going to actually ride ours for not only work commutes, but to go to sports games, shopping, and out to eat. And I don't think you guys get screwed. You're complaining about geting "screwed" all the time but let's see you live in Buffalo, Detroit, or Cleveland for a year, especially during an after snow season and then tell me you guys get "screwed." You ain't seen nothin' yet, *dun dun*, b-b-b-baby you just ain't seen nothin' yet, *dun dun*.
"ours"?? I'm talking about DC not NYC. LA system is really small but despite that many people do use it for non-work trips, especially to go to Hollywood or Downtown for sports, concerts, shows, etc... If LA had a better system a lot more people would use it; if you build it they will come, especially if they finally get the Wilshire Subway extension all the way to Santa Monica.

What the hell does the weather of Buffalo, Detroit, or Cleveland have to do with LA's lack of federal funding for transit? You go off on the most random tangents that make no sense....
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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"ours"?? I'm talking about DC not NYC. LA system is really small but despite that many people do use it for non-work trips, especially to go to Hollywood or Downtown for sports, concerts, shows, etc... If LA had a better system a lot more people would use it; if you build it they will come, especially if they finally get the Wilshire Subway extension all the way to Santa Monica.

What the hell does the weather of Buffalo, Detroit, or Cleveland have to do with LA's lack of federal funding for transit? You go off on the most random tangents that make no sense....
I doubt that. And the weather has a lot to do with it. We're discussing funding. From Buffalo to Cleveland to Detroit, there's almost zero funding. Not even zero, they're in the negatives. They can't afford to fix the potholes on their busiest roads let alone make subway extensions. Buffalo has one subway line, from North Buffalo to Downtown. It's old and it's not something you'd dare step foot in after dark. Same with Detroit's and Cleveland's. You want a real lack of support and funding, take the highway up from NYC and into Buffalo. Talk about negligence. Buffalo can't get a thing from even the state and local government let alone federal.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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I doubt that. And the weather has a lot to do with it. We're discussing funding. From Buffalo to Cleveland to Detroit, there's almost zero funding. Not even zero, they're in the negatives. They can't afford to fix the potholes on their busiest roads let alone make subway extensions. Buffalo has one subway line, from North Buffalo to Downtown. It's old and it's not something you'd dare step foot in after dark. Same with Detroit's and Cleveland's. You want a real lack of support and funding, take the highway up from NYC and into Buffalo. Talk about negligence. Buffalo can't get a thing from even the state and local government let alone federal.
Yeah well you seem to doubt a lot of things you know little to nothing about. Have you ever even taken the train in LA? I've used it to get to Hollywood and to Lakers games before, as have many other people.

Buffalo only has one subway line b/c it's small and losing population. LA is enormous, growing, and getting denser. The need for expanded rail in LA is much greater than any of the cities you listed; Wilshire Blvd is the number one corridor in the country in need of a subway outside of NYC. A lot of time and money is wasted b/c of the congestion in LA and it adds up to the billions, LA needs more rail options than any of those rustbelt cities you mention.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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Yeah well you seem to doubt a lot of things you know little to nothing about. Have you ever even taken the train in LA? I've used it to get to Hollywood and to Lakers games before, as have many other people.

Buffalo only has one subway line b/c it's small and losing population. LA is enormous, growing, and getting denser. The need for expanded rail in LA is much greater than any of the cities you listed; Wilshire Blvd is the number one corridor in the country in need of a subway outside of NYC. A lot of time and money is wasted b/c of the congestion in LA and it adds up to the billions, LA needs more rail options than any of those rustbelt cities you mention.
True.
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