Oh, Ahnuld, you IDIOT. You’re taking away the money that the people entrusted you with, that we were told would make traffic better, and putting it to a use that will not accomplish that end. I’m talking about the Governator’s decision to take the $100M that Metro was supposed to get to wipe out its deficit and USING IT TO BUILD FREEWAYS.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: freeway congestion is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself. Building more freeways makes the traffic better for about five minutes until they fill up again. Putting money into public transit, however, starts getting cars off the roads, and reduces the traffic issue more and more over time. Can someone please tell our esteemed state ruler that taking $1.1 BILLION away from transit and putting it into roads is kind of like taking NyQuil and expecting it to actually cure your cold?
Where will the MTA get the money? Fare hikes, toll roads, who knows? Now, I know that I should check my voter info booklet to see what the breakdown was for all those props (remember 1A, 1B, 1c, etc?) from the November ballots, but I can’t find it, so I’m not sure exactly how much of the state voters’ trust is being horribly, horribly abused. But I’m pretty sure that when the voters agreed to go thirty billion dollars into debt in state bonds, they actually expected real change for their money – not just more dollars poured into a system that doesn’t work.