Tag Archives: transportation

  wonksplainer

Austerity Declared Winner In Washington State Bridge Collapse

Gee, I wonder what will happen if we build roads and bridges, then completely ignore them for decades and drastically cut funding everywhere in order to suck the knob of the right wing’s newest golden calf, austerity? Surely nothing bad will happen ever, because debt and deficit are lurking in the corner, threatening to molest your kiddies worse that Ghost Harvey Milk, and Jesus loves austerity. Well, folks in Washington State got a taste of austerity’s sour splooge yesterday when a bridge on Interstate 5 straight up collapsed: The major highway bridge linking the Washington state city of Seattle with Canada and the rest of the Pacific north-west region collapsed late on Thursday, dumping several vehicles and the people inside into a river. The four-lane Interstate 5 bridge collapsed about halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington state patrol said. Since last night’s bridge collapse, which at least was no motherfucking Minnesota bridge collapse, Jesus, officials have blamed a truck that was overloaded and ran into one of the bridge’s spans. But shouldn’t a truck NOT be able to take out an interstate highway, unless it is overloaded WITH TERRORISM? Yr Wonkette has a sad over the bridge collapse in Washington State. But if the GOP continues to have a hissyfit anytime anyone wants to spend a dime, even to help with GODDAM TORNADO RELIEF, then this kind of shit will continue to happen. Let’s wonksplore some facts and data about transportation funding (CLICK! It’s not like we are lecturing on the 5th amendment again!) Read more on Austerity Declared Winner In Washington State Bridge Collapse…
  sharing: the end of america

Moonie Times Columnist Has Many Nuanced, Reasonable Opinions About Bikesharing

DC’s Capital Bikeshare program, for which you pay a fee to join and then ride bikes to and from docking stations across the city, is a popular thing that keeps enlisting new members and expanding. Its success is leading other cities, such as New York, to start their own programs. Now, as an earth-destroying motorist, your Wonkette author basically hates bikers and runs them over at every opportunity. But it’s hard to deny the success of a successful program that most people like, right? And now we can really confirm the success of this program, because a Washington Times columnist has written a pathetic, desperate screed about how bikesharing is communist, and gay, and the downfall of the West, essentially. Read more on Moonie Times Columnist Has Many Nuanced, Reasonable Opinions About Bikesharing…
  everything must go

Virginia Selling Off Naming Rights To Roads, Bridges For Pennies On The Dollar

Virginia’s General Assembly would like to stake out a claim to fame that maybe DOESN’T involve the terms “transvaginal ultrasound” or “state-sanctioned clinical rape,” for once this year. So now the esteemed legislators of the Commonwealth have decided that pawning off its roads and bridges for a few shekels is just the ticket for shaking off the state’s recent well-earned national ridicule. Yes, beginning July 1st, anyone with a certified check between $5,000 and $200,000 can rename any Virginian road or bridge, thereby allowing lawmakers to avoid the pesky political problem of asking voters to pay taxes so their roads don’t dissolve into the Earth. Because what are we, GAY ROMANS? Read more on Virginia Selling Off Naming Rights To Roads, Bridges For Pennies On The Dollar…
  expensive list-making

Lil’ Chucky Schumer Proposes Adorable ‘No-Ride List’ For the Choo-Choos

Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and commuter and passenger train track inspections and more monitoring of stations nationwide. When most people see news about a potential terrorist attack, they get a little scared and take a bit of solace knowing their government is aware of it. When Chuck Schumer sees it, he sees a chance to stuff his state with more transportation funding. Read more on Lil’ Chucky Schumer Proposes Adorable ‘No-Ride List’ For the Choo-Choos…
  because sharing is caring

Keep That 9/11 Spirit Alive: Rent a Bicycle!

Post 9/11 blues? How do you bounce back from a weekend of such revelry? All the anticipation, the excitement, the furniture sales! Yes, it was quite the 9/11. But how do you keep that spirit alive? Perhaps with an election that will decide the fate of DC’s white population? Or better yet, will a new bike-sharing program do the trick? Oh, either should make the terrorists very happy. Read more on Keep That 9/11 Spirit Alive: Rent a Bicycle!…
  america's serious conservatives

‘George Will’ The ‘Writer’ Is ‘Hackish,’ He ‘Basically’ Has ‘Brain AIDS’

Think respected conservative intellectual George “Dungaree” Will’s biweekly phlegm-hocks for the Washington Post are bad, but maybe not quite Richard-Cohen-bad? Well they are, and so are his Newsweek columns! Maybe. His most recent one tackles Transportation Reform. Will chastises Republican Ray LaHood, the Transportation secretary, for “wanting” to “fix” America’s “infrastructure” problems, which is his “job.” Will truly despises anyone who walks or bikes or takes a train anywhere, and he wants them to die, DIE DIE DIE, in a ditch, in Portland. Read more on ‘George Will’ The ‘Writer’ Is ‘Hackish,’ He ‘Basically’ Has ‘Brain AIDS’…
  a dirty train added you as a friend on facebook

Metro Makes a Facebook Page

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority now has its own fancy Facebook page. Change has come! Read more on Metro Makes a Facebook Page…
  tokenism

PARADE OF BIPARTISAN STARS: Obama is picking Peoria (Illinois!) Republican Congressman Ray LaHood to be the transportation secretary. LaHood is our nation’s new Norm Mineta! Here is a picture of Obama and Ray LaHood. [Peoria Journal Star] Read more on …
 

Daily Briefing: Still Making WWII References

Congressional Republicans all about the wire-tapping, but still hassling over details. [WP] Bush speech yesterday focused on terrorism and the continuing threat to America, plus Hitler. [WP] Former Highway Administration official Mary Peters nominated for Transportation Secretary. She wants Americans out of traffic and into “quality time with their families.” [NYT, WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Still Making WWII References…
 

White House Fills Forgotten Vacancy

For all those suffering sleepless nights since Norm Mineta fled town under cover of darkness, the White House finally found a new Transportation Secretary. You might find this difficult to believe, but the administration’s choice is an executive from a gargantuan highway-engineering company involved in popular projects such as Boston’s Big Dig and the incredibly successful rebuilding of New Orleans! Read more on White House Fills Forgotten Vacancy…
 

We’re Number 3! We’re Number 3!

Washington may no longer be the nation’s murder capital, but at least it’s moving up the “most congested cities” list. The D.C. metro area is No. 3 on the list of 11 American cities on the way to having worse traffic than Los Angeles does today. Read more on We’re Number 3! We’re Number 3!…