One of the reasons I’m a devotee of our fearless frog is a shared, dare I say philosophical, pedestarian attitude. Society has become so dependent on the motor car we seem to prefer a lemming like approach to destruction rather than forgo a personal comfort capsule (aka car).
Still, I wonder about The Frog and I. Trains… Because We Have No Choice The fact is, we live in a society where market forces rule, and where transit solutions are increasingly being revealed as mere money making ventures for the Fat Controller (refer Thomas the Tank engine) rather than a solution to reducing carbon fossil fuels.
“Alan Altshuler and David Luberoff are American academics whose book Mega-Projects, The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment provides a respected summary of America’s experience with new railways, as well as other big projects. Their conclusion is stark.
“Since the mid-1970s,” they write, “transit has consistently received about one-half of all public money spent on surface transportation in urban areas”. Despite this, today it serves fewer than 2per cent of all passenger movements.
So rail has failed to get people out of cars, at enormous expense, in many different cities across America…”
Rail infrastructure is a massive boon for those engineering/investment corporations who regularly plunder the public purse at our expense. Its easy pickings, we want carbon efficient transport, the corporations want plunder. We are generally naïve enough to accept the carefully presented rationalizations, but not see the realities.
We are being screwed over because we continually play into the hands of these psychopathic control freaks who obviously believe the ‘common man’ simply does not grasp the importance of their wealth generating mission.