Our listeners' takes on infrastructure

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Takeaway turns to its listeners for their ideas on where President-elect Obama should focus his infrastructure dollars.

Comments [5]


I don't want much from my town's infrastructure, which is going through a 47% tax hike this year and is already under the watchful eye of an independent auditor because of a busted budget.

I just would like us not to flood like this:


Jan. 14 2009 08:54 AM
Judy Fritsch

re Infrastructure:
Every time there is a big rainstorm the Bronx River Parkway and the Hutchinson River Parkway, both in Westchester, flood dangerously. Something should be done about shoring up the banks to prevent overflow and flooding.

Jan. 09 2009 11:27 AM

a partial list:

1. major direct mass transit subsidies.

2. major walkable cities initiatives.

3. major walkable suburbs initiatives.

4. repairs to existing infrastructure.

5. minimum of new roads until a long term transportation policy emerges.

6. special project sponsoring comprehensive mass transit maps.

longer term:

7. a federal standard for stored value cards so one card works for most mass transit systems (and maybe pay phones and laundromats too). if we regard these cards as a form of currency this should always have been the case.

general note: using mass transit usually involves some picking a route, walking to and from the bus stop or train station, buying and managing tickets, etc. making mass transit more attractive means making the whole experience more attractive, not just the vehicles, routes, and schedules.

Jan. 09 2009 10:36 AM

We need more of a commitment-- on the East Coast, at least-- to non-automotive forms of transport. Trains and boats are efficient and cost-effective means of moving both freight and people, and will relieve stress on roadways (as well as possibly revitalizing-- or, at least, re-centralizing-- cities). Why don't we put more money, energy, and effort into improving our rail and water infrastructure as we're making improvements to our road systems?

Jan. 09 2009 10:09 AM

How would you repair the nation's infrastructure?

Jan. 09 2009 09:49 AM

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