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It has been sometime since my last blogpost but it cannot come in a more opportune time than to talk more about rail and alternative transportation. The other day I had the opportunity to catch a debate on Issue 9, one of the ballot issues for the City of Cincinnati in the upcoming November 2009 elections. Coming from a country that survives on mass transit systems, it just bothers me to acknowledge the fact that Midwest is still not warm and fuzzy regarding promotion of rail, streetcars, rapid transit etc. Understand that the density requirements might not warrant such a system but the issue is way more than that. Buying into an expanded rail system or something permanent needs a huge paradigm shift from the individually owned and driven car owned culture; its a social change.
But c'mon-isn't it time yet? Although the oil prices are lower than the same time last year mostly because of the economic downturn but it is going to rebound to the higher prices sooner or later. And this is the time to make such sweeping changes of introducing a mass transit such as streetcar.