Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Republicans are trying to strangle Philadelphia
Because of its partisan gerrymander under Tom Ridge in 2000, the GOP still controls the Pennsylvania legislature and its congressional delegation, despite having a Democratic governor and voting Democratic in the last four presidential elections. It was massive and unprecedented turnout in Philadelphia that gave Pennsylvania to Kerry this time around. So naturally, the Republicans are turning right around and punching the city in the ear. The same politicians who subsidize the highway system to tune of $30 billion a year (not to mention the $60 billion spent yearly on state and local roads) refuse to close a $63 million gap in the public transit system of the fifth-largest city in the United States. Public transit pays for itself in productivity and reduced pollution, just like the highway system pays for itself, but somehow only the transit system is supposed to actually make money, as if it's some kind of Fortune 500 company. Without SEPTA, the livelihoods of tens of thousands of workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania would be ruined, and the quality of life for everyone in the region would be negatively impacted. Go right now and sign the petition to save SEPTA.


At 5:47 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

Three dollars per ride!? SEPTA is already something that is used disproportionately by people with lower incomes - how on earth is this feasible? Have they investigated the profitability that might come from cutting rates and increasing the quality (if not quantity) of services? I cleaner, more timely, cheaper bus and subway service could feasibly become a more popular one, but a costlier, less frequent service? I don't see it happening. For 3$, I would just find a friend and split a cab. Good luck with the fight, Philly-folk.


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