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Time to call, email or write your congressman!(19 posts)

Time to call, email or write your congressman!theBreeze
Jul 17, 2003 9:21 AM
From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (via VeloNews web site). Pay special attention to the second paragraph.

"Washington, D.C., July 14, 2003
A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Friday approved a bill that would cut funding for transportation alternatives like bike paths in order to bolster highway construction spending.
The House Appropriations subcommittee approved a $90 billion bill for transportation programs, the U.S. Treasury and several other federal agencies for fiscal 2004.

The bill would completely eliminate so called transportation enhancement projects like bike paths and rail-to-trail conversions. Some $600 million was allocated for such projects this year; the subcommittee opined that such money would be better spent next year on highway construction and maintenance.

If approved, total highway spending would top $34 billion in 2004, some $4.8 billion above what President Bush requested and $2.5 billion more than what was spent in 2003.

The bill also included $580 million for Amtrak, $320 million less than what President Bush requested and less than a third of the $1.8 billion the company's managers said it needs to remain in business. Amtrak, a for-profit federal corporation, has never had a profitable year in its 30-year history. It is now $4 billion in debt.

All measures in the bill would go into effect for fiscal year 2004, which begins Oct. 1, 2003."

I don't know when or if it's scheduled to get out of committee. Anyone plugged in to find out?
when will they learn...EpicX
Jul 17, 2003 9:32 AM
run up a huge deficit then cut back on things that make people happy. way to go. i would GLADLY have not gotten that stupid $350 back in exchange for keeping things like this. I guarantee i would have got more enjoyment out of a more bike paths/lanes than my i did my measly $350. time to write a letter.

amtrak is a waste. they need to pull the plug and build a true hi-speed rail system like in other countries. it's a 3 hour flight from dallas to LA. No way i'd take a 2 day train ride. BUT if we had say a 250 mph rail system, i'd take a 6 hour train ride in a heartbeat.
Jul 17, 2003 9:44 AM
most posters on this bored only complain about trails. 'too crowded', 'too slow', 'too dangerous', 'too unkempt'. Lets save some tax money if they're so horrible.

I dunno that amtrak in general is a waste (they have a great line from bos to dc), but I do agree that rails are the answer. It's not gonna happen in a country with a thriving auto and Oil industry, though. You're forgetting that the reason we dont have rails is because the auto/tire/oil industries bought them out years ago.

When American lose their love affair with the car, perhaps then we'll have a chance at a viable public transportation system. In the meantime, why would the government waste money on a train when most americans are happily buying and driving gas-guzzlers in record numbers?
Jul 17, 2003 9:57 AM
well actually i was referring more to actual bike LANES on real roads than just more multi-use trails.
Jul 17, 2003 10:32 AM
just bustin on the rants; not you.
Jul 17, 2003 10:05 AM
Some posters have stated that they won't use MUTs, but many others (like me) rely on them heavily. That's not to say I don't complain (about headphone wearing rollerbladers, dog walkers who let their mutts run unconstrained, etc.). But I couldn't commute without my MUT--the roads I would have to use are too congested, potholed and dangerous.

In short, while bikers will always complain about having to share MUTs, I don't think it is fair to say that this board is anti-MUT. I certainly am not.
to be fair....Steve_0
Jul 17, 2003 10:11 AM
I said the 'bored' was anti-MUT. 'Bored' being the large, borish, roadie-snobesque subset of the board.

Personally, I love MUTs. Doesnt mean I'll hammer an hour of 21's on one, but I think they're great.
spend less in Iraq and more in the USA.......nmafrican
Jul 17, 2003 9:55 AM
spend less in Iraq and more in the USA.......nmEpicX
Jul 17, 2003 10:04 AM
does anyone really think we were in immediate and grave danger from Iraq? Spending an extra 6 months to try and turn the economy around BEFORE going to war would have made more since to me. Why go into war with a shaky economy? The longer this drags out the more people at home ask "ok, so when are we going to take care of business here?"
please refrain from turning this into a politic-rant. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 17, 2003 10:12 AM
sorry, I started it, just kicking the bucket around here.....nmafrican
Jul 17, 2003 10:29 AM
WWII? Great Depression? nm.Steve_0
Jul 17, 2003 10:20 AM
Email them...briburke
Jul 17, 2003 11:41 AM
I just sent my emails...anyone else?
This is why politics is such a complete jokebiknben
Jul 17, 2003 11:43 AM
We'll give you tax relief if you ignore what we do with the rest of the money.

Let's see, the special interests have all the politicians in their pocket. Now the politicians are trying to put
i us
i their
pocket. Very interesting!!!

This type of news shouldn't shock anyone. Politics = organized crime!!!
honesty, I don't see a problem.Steve_0
Jul 17, 2003 12:06 PM
it's the American people who WANT more roads. They keep buying bigger cars and moving farther from work. From a politicians eye, it's exactly what the people want.

We need to stop blaming politics, and start convicing the PEOPLE to reaxamine their priorities.
honesty, I don't see a problem.tmotz
Jul 17, 2003 7:28 PM
You got the bullseye on that one.

I've never traveled overseas but starting to wonder if we Americans don't have our heads to far up our arse.
Priorities whatever it is we want NOW!!!
Bush has to appease Big Oil somehow! (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2003 5:49 AM
ironic that they were scammedkenyee
Jul 18, 2003 9:39 AM
and you folks are lambasting them :-)

Sounds like one of those Nigerian scams for bikes that are too good to be true, except this time it was some South African: "sure....I've got some 'evidence' I can sell you that Iraq is doing evil things". Pity the CIA suckers bought it though :-P
re: Time to call, email or write your congressman!hikerryank
Jul 18, 2003 4:56 PM
If the roads need more money, increase the gas tax and target those who use them. Seems fair to me. The heavier your car, the more damage it does to the road, typically the more gas you need to go from point a to point b. Olympia is getting a letter in the mail.