14 November, 2008

Dear President Elect Obama, Are We Screwed?

The Obama Transition Team for Transportation has been named and is now in business.
Perhaps I was just too afraid that something would go wrong, really wrong. But now with all of the names named, we don't have a worry - business as usual.

Seth Harris
Director of Labor & Employment
Law Programs at New York Law School.
United Cerebral Palsy Association
National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.
Clinton Administration, Counselor to the Secretary of Labor cting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy,
law clerk to Judge William Canby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Judge Gene Carter of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
He was Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law & Social Change at the New York University School of Law

Mortimer Downey
self-employed transportation consultant
Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton,
Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Carter Administration.
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the NYMTA
various planning positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Jane Garvey
Head of the U.S. Public/Private Partnerships at JPMorgan.
Garvey was the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, nominated by President Clinton.
Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

Michael Huerta
Group President of ACS Transportation Solutions,
Huerta served as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco Commissioner of the City of New York Dept of Ports, Int'l Trade & Commerce.

John Cullather
Worked for House of Representatives for over 31 years, specializing in Coast Guard and maritime transportation policy

Carol Carmody
consultant in international aviation and aviation safety.
appointed by President Clinton to National Transportation Safety Board.


Was this just a dream too good to be true for this railroad starved land, or have we just elected another in a line of 36 leaderless years. What am I missing here?

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The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds. The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.

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