Transit Follies And EcoFun

Posted on December 18, 2011 by

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If you’ve hung around here for any length of time, then you know the general view of the Neil Goldschmidt cabal known as Tri-Met. Lest you think that it’s a view held only by a handful of disgruntled bloggers, consider this: in recent years, five municipalities have seceded from the organization that still, amusingly, refers to itself as a “transit agency”. The biggie was Wilsonville, with its array of distribution centers and draws such as Frye’s, in addition to serving as a portal to Oregon’s great wine country. The city is home to several technology companies including Mentor Graphics, along with a campus of Xerox, the largest employer in the city.

They ain’t small potatoes. Yet when they split and formed their own transit agency, the hand-picked sycophants on the appointed board of Tri-Met couldn’t buy a clue. The latest defection came yesterday, when residents of the community of Boring told Tri-Met to kiss off. Who can blame them? Business owners there were forking over more than $600,000 a year in protection dutytaxes to The Agency. In return, they got one bus that stopped in town at 7:50 a.m. and again at 5:40 p.m. Such a deal! While The Agency was gutting bus services to “pay” for light rail lines that nobody wants.

Much like the Boring businesses, people around the country are starting to wise up to the scam. Sen. Carl Levin, from Detroit, Michigan, is apoplectic over the fact that the choo-choo he so dearly wanted has just been tossed under the bus. Like long-time Goldschmidt pal Bluemanure of Oregon, Levin loves the shinies.

In any case, the lights have started to dim up at The Agency: it’s begun to occur to them that, dang it, they’re running out of other people’s money! So they’ve put together a website to “educate” you on the “problem”. There’s even a place at the end of the site where you can provide “public input” for them to ignore (they even have some of the input filled in for you – just to save you time!).

About half of our funding for cannibalizing bus services in favor of trains comes from a payroll tax paid by area businesses. Employers pay a portion of their employees’ gross wages to TriMet ($7.02 per $1,000)WasteWind

Go Green, baby!

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