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Postby nietoperz » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:55 am

Severed Djed wrote:DC Metro has its own share of problems.

It's still better than Beltway traffic in most cases, though.


The network just needs expanding there, I think. I know that to get into Georgetown from my mother's house in Falls Church, for instance, one has to drive to East Falls Church station, get the Metro in to Rosslyn then take a fifteen minute walk from there across the bridge. Kind of a fiddly journey...
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Postby nietoperz » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:57 am

Keb wrote:Public transit, no matter where you're at, will always be ass. Be thankful for it.


Not here it isn't! Nor, to be fair, in Madrid.

London's is great too, it's just old and expensive is all.
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Postby Keb » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:00 pm

Ours ain't so bad, it's just getting expensive. I don't mind the fact that I don't have to pay for Mississauga transit thanks to my U-pass, but the Toronto transit can be a bit irritating.

It's a way of getting around, and since I don't drive, it works for me.
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Postby MoneyMelon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:02 pm

Other than the A, the only other public transportation I hate is the bus.
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Postby Keb » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:04 pm

Mississauga transit is pure buses, nothing else.

I dislike streetcars. They just give me an uneasy feeling.
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Postby nietoperz » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:05 pm

Keb wrote:I dislike streetcars. They just give me an uneasy feeling.


That sounds like something out of Tennessee Williams or Eugene O'Neill! :P
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Postby Severed Djed » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:07 pm

Keb wrote:Wha?


DC Metro not only gets funding from the areas it serves, but the federal goverment chips in as well.

Occasionally they ask for things that have to come out of Metro's budget, like the renaming of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Postby Keb » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:07 pm

nietoperz wrote:That sounds like something out of Tennessee Williams or Eugene O'Neill! :P
They might work in an O'Neill play
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Postby Severed Djed » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:08 pm

nietoperz wrote:The network just needs expanding there, I think.


Oh, that's absolutely true.

It's just hard to get people to agree on what to do and when. And how, for that matter.

The big push right now is to get a line to Dulles airport.

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Postby nietoperz » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:14 pm

Severed Djed wrote:The big push right now is to get a line to Dulles airport.


I can imagine! The fact that one doesn't already exist in the capital city of the USA is insane, IMO.
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Postby MoneyMelon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:19 pm

Severed Djed wrote:The big push right now is to get a line to Dulles airport.

They should do it. New York built the Air Train to JFK and it's made life so much easier.

I just wish they'd get a line to La Guardia.
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Postby Severed Djed » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:20 pm

nietoperz wrote:I can imagine! The fact that one doesn't already exist in the capital city of the USA is insane, IMO.


It's certainly long overdue.

There was a huge argument about whether or not to go over- or underground through certain areas. The over- crowd seems to have won. What that will do these areas, I'm not sure.

The Maryland gov't wants a connection to BWI Airport, but that's gonna take decades to put together probably.

I'm a fan of the Purple Line idea, which would connect a lot of the branches, but like the Dulles program, one is talking lots of money and the possible displacement of people and businesses. I doubt it'll happen.

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Postby MoneyMelon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:52 pm

Severed Djed wrote:possible displacement of people and businesses.

That's always the tough part.

Yeah, some say it's for the good of the public, but I still don't think the government should have the right to take peoples' homes and businesses away from them.
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Postby Severed Djed » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:00 pm

MoneyMelon wrote:That's always the tough part.

Yeah, some say it's for the good of the public, but I still don't think the government should have the right to take peoples' homes and businesses away from them.


It is pretty tough.

Especially since it will be a matter of screwing over the people without the money and clout to protect themselves.

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Postby Keb » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:03 pm

Don't they get a settlement?

There's a farm just a few minutes away from my house (a farm in the middle of suburbia) right next to a highway, and the guy who owns it has held out for years. He probably got a nice wad of cash because he sold some of it and they (of course) put up houses. They're extending the road by putting an over-pass above the highway so it'll cut traffic on the parallel main roads. The dude still has hiss little farm too.
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