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Light Rail in Central Ohio

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  • #505431

    jbcmh81
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    SamuraiJack said:
    The last funding proposal was for a sales tax increase and it got soundly voted down. Not to mention there are several vocal folks in town who’s heads pop out of their Gopher holes anytime the words ‘light rail’ cross a politician’s lips and do everything in their power to kill it and bury it..

    even the Mayor has given up on it at this point and he was one of the biggest proponents..

    Yes, a sales tax increase that didn’t mention what it was for. So there has been no direct vote on the rail issue. And Columbus residents voted for a tax increase just a few years back. They’re not opposed to tax increases, but they would like to know what that funding is going to, which wasn’t the case the last time.

    #505432

    jbcmh81
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    rus said:
    Then prove it. Asking your friends doesn’t count; sample size too small.

    For reference:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/05/05/story10.html?page=all

    There was a ton of business and public opposition in Cincinnati too, but when it was put to a public vote, it passed. I haven’t seen any public polling on this in Columbus. An “informal poll” of real estate agents doesn’t count.

    #505433

    bjones7
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    @jbcmh81 I never said voted. I said spoken aka as the reason there is no passenger rail. PERIOD.

    @ All of CU. Correct me if I am wrong, but Light Rail/the Street Car subject has been visited in 2007 and 2009, and was there one time earlier?

    #505434

    jbcmh81
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    rus said:
    Then prove it. Asking your friends doesn’t count; sample size too small.

    For reference:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/05/05/story10.html?page=all

    bjones7 said:

    @jbcmh81
    I never said voted. I said spoken aka as the reason there is no passenger rail. PERIOD.

    @ All of CU. Correct me if I am wrong, but Light Rail/the Street Car subject has been visited in 2007 and 2009, and was there one time earlier?

    That makes no sense. So the city hasn’t been given the chance to vote on the funding to build it, but since the city doesn’t have it already, that means they don’t want it? And before highways, no one wanted those either, I suppose?

    The rail subject is brought up all the time. Maybe CU is not exactly the voice of the Columbus public when it comes to urban issues, but without any kind of polling, I’m not sure why so many people are dead set sure that they public would never support it.

    #505435

    MRipley
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    stephentszuter said:
    I beg to differ on the idea that not enough people want it… It seems that everyone I speak with agrees with me on the idea that we need/want rail.

    Do you have any sources/stats to back up the idea that not enough people in Central Ohio want rail? Also, I disagree with the idea that not enough people want to pay for it. I think the disconnect is how it is paid for. Do you have any sources/stats to back up the idea that not enough people want to pay for it? We did, after all, overwhelmingly approve the library tax to maintain current hours… in the middle of a recession.

    Also, your .gif is unappreciated.

    Considering that it has been voted against by a substantial majority it seems that it would be up to you to come with sources/data that back up your contention that it’s wanted. Something other than your buddies.

    We’ll wait here.

    #505436

    geoyui
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    jbcmh81 said:
    That makes no sense. So the city hasn’t been given the chance to vote on the funding to build it

    MRipley said:
    Considering that it has been voted against by a substantial majority

    So which is it?

    #505437

    jbcmh81
    Participant

    geoyui said:
    So which is it?

    In reality, it’s neither. There was a single vote 13 years ago for a tax incease, but it didn’t state was the tax money would go to. In fact, from what I read, that the funding was for rail wasn’t allowed to be mentioned on the ballot at all. It was voted down, so people say that rail was voted down. In reality, they voted down a tax increase that had no targeted funding information attached. Rail wasn’t voted down, a vague tax increase was. There has not been any vote or really any public polling in 13 years.

    #505438

    buckeye54
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    I guess I’m suprised to see opposition to rail at all. I understand it costs money but I really haven’t heard anyone from a wide variety of demographics,age groups, and party affiliations say that its a bad thing and most think it has its place in columbus even with a large expense.I mean I’ve heard self-proclaimed tea partiers I work with say they like the idea and these particular guys think pretty much everything that money is spent on columbus is a bad idea!

    #505439

    cheap
    Member

    jbcmh81 said:
    Polls showing people don’t want it?

    what is it with this poll bullshit?

    3% of the population ride a bus.

    take a guess what the other 97% do.

    #505440

    Twixlen
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    cheap said:
    what is it with this poll bullshit?

    3% of the population ride a bus.

    take a guess what the other 97% do.

    We’ve covered that ground – about a billion times. Public good encompasses everyone – that includes the 3%. Not everyone uses the library – but their tax dollars pay for it. Not everyone drives on all the roads – but their tax dollars pay for them. Saying that only “x” percentage currently use what is a less-than-efficient system, so we shouldn’t expand on the options/systems in place is basically saying that nothing should be improved upon, ever.

    #505441

    ricospaz
    Participant

    cheap said:
    what is it with this poll bullshit?

    3% of the population ride a bus.

    take a guess what the other 97% do.

    You forgot the 10% who Scoot! (is that right, for Scooter travel?) haha

    #505442

    NerosNeptune
    Participant

    cheap, surely you see the problem with your argument?

    0% of people in Columbus take jet-packs to work, so clearly 0% want to, correct?

    #505443

    peanutnozone
    Participant

    I’m sure this has been brought up, but if light rail is something wanted in Columbus…it should have dedicated right of way. If it’s a street car hybrid, I honestly feel you don’t get any benefit of the rail because you’re subject to lights and traffic and whatnot, not to mention people would be like WTF there is a train in the road boom crash death!

    I know there are signal priorities that can help to hasten travel though those segments but I feel like you wouldn’t get that “wow this is MUCH faster than a bus” factor. I also speak from experience: our light rail here goes super slow because of the section when you on street level mixed with traffic, it’s very annoying. Going a mile takes 15-20+ minutes. The other 15 minutes to the airport, 10 miles away, is only 15 minutes itself. There was also a time a bus crashed into it on the tracks, and trains further up were delayed for 2 hours. Had to pay 45 bucks to get to the airport, almost missed my flight. Wasn’t happy.

    At any rate I hope Columbus can finally get quality mass transit it deserves, Columbus has SO much going for it and it would only sweeten the pot.

    ETA not saying Columbus doesn’t have quality transit, COTA buses do a fine job in many areas. I meant to say that it should have improved or better transit, including a rail option. Hope I didn’t ruffle any feathers.

    #505444

    cheap said:
    not enough people use mass transit here.

    not enough people in this town want it here.

    those aren’t retirement villages being built,those are young professional internment camps.

    BINGO! Every city that has light rail has popular destination spots to go to. What, I’m supposed to endorse a plan, where taxpayers are paying millions of dollars, to build a light rail from OSU to downtown??

    Columbus isn’t big city enough to have a light rail. When Dayton has a better transit system than Columbus, the last thing we should be talking about is light rail. FFS, the buses stop at 12 am…

    #505445

    Graybeak
    Participant

    ricospaz said:
    You forgot the 10% who Scoot! (is that right, for Scooter travel?) haha

    And don’t forget all those bike riders I like to read about here on the CU! :)

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