Complaining can get things done. And right now our city and our state really need to hear us complain. They need to know that we can’t be an urban center without being able to get through a heavy winter. We should plan for a heavy winter and be pleasantly surprised if it’s not that bad.
We need serious changes, we’ve needed them for decades, and if we don’t complain we may not get them.
I live in Minneapolis, about 1/3 of a mile from the blue line light rail and thus walk a lot. ... A couple of years ago I bought a pair of trekking poles. They are literally life-changing, and have increased my wintertime mobility and confidence ten-fold. ... They come with snow baskets that are supposed to make it easier to get around in snow. I haven't had to use these yet, and can't really say how well they work.
The transit system, in particular, has been underfunded for decades. The trains are breaking down because they are still running on DC motors, which can't deal with the cold and powdery snow. The number I've heard is $5B of investment needed. And we could do this. Gasoline prices are down by $2/gallon. If the state took back 50 cents of that, gasoline would still be at historically low prices and we'd have some money to invest in our failing transit system.
But unfortunately, the Democrats who control the legislature and the Republican who just became our governor have all decided that the most important statement to make in light of this state of emergency is that there will be "no new taxes". The governor goes out, calls the performance of the T "unacceptable" but then makes clear that he's not going to do anything about that $5B of underinvestment. It's insane.
"Tauntaun," pronounced "tau'n,"
Due to the impending blizzard conditions, all MBTA services will be suspended Sunday, February 15th. There will be no Subway, Trolley, Commuter Rail, Bus, or Ferry service the entire day.
She left out the part where trying to keep the sidewalk shoveled takes 3 times as long as it normally does because all the snow piles are taller than me so I toss a shovelful up and half of it slides right back down and the other half blows all over my face.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 2:08 PM on February 12
You do realize that those areas get more roads money out of Boston than they put into Boston in tax money? Watch how you use the word "subsidize."
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