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Old 05-10-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Farnworth, Lancashire, England
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We in England have seen a similar process of bringing back Trams or Light Rail systems in our cities to relieve congestion, and complement the bus services which have often struggled to cope, and been both slow and unreliable for longer commute journeys. We've now gone with the catch all term 'Metro', and my local city of Manchester is seeing a huge expansion of the network. It has to be a new definition - sometimes it's running in the streets of the City Centre, or a suburban town, sometimes it's a unique light rail section and sometimes it's taken over an old heavy rail suburban line - what can be said is that they are generally very busy, and there has been no reduction in corresponding bus services. It makes me wonder what these people did before - are they new journeys, or have they left the car at home? This heavy useage is particularly surprising given that we are still in a very deep recession, with no end in sight, and the number of commuters is diminishing all the time.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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This sums up WHY getting America "back on track" is vital to restore prosperity.
All you did was copy and paste numbers in. Please explain again why you think getting America "back on track" is vital to restore prosperity is vital in your own words.
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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Some people, including many who post on CD threads, have not yet worked out that the American suburban living arrangement is in deep trouble, and is causing a big loss of wealth.
What is this "big loss of wealth"? My 2003 4.6L V8 Ford F150 (yep, she's a gas guzzler) isn't expensive to drive even here in overpriced Canada. First of all, it was paid off years ago so I have no expensive payments to make for it. I pay $167 a month to insure the truck, our house and my ATV, and spend maybe $100 a month in gasoline. We aren't rich by any means, so I fail to see how people are allegedly suffering with their fuel-conservative sub-compacts. You make it sound like automobile ownership is forcing people into the poorhouse which is simply untrue by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I'd be willing to be there are a lot more people out there that spend more on their needless cell phone plans every month than I pay to be able to drive my pickup truck.
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