From Florida's rejection of high-speed rail funding to Los Angeles' non-Carmaggedon to the Expiration of commuter tax benefits, Eric Jaffe explores the biggest transportation failures in 2011.
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If you are unfamiliar with this Cobb County, GA mother - crossing her kids across a 4-lane highway from the bus stop to her apt, technically jay walking - her son is run over and she is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide (presumably if she had been more careful walking the 3 kids across the road, it wouldn't have happened - you might tell the 'partially blind' drunk driver who hit her son that), NPR did a great report on this tragedy - well worth listening to.
Child's Death Casts Light On Pedestrian Traffic Woes by NPR STAFF. Transportation for America spokesperson is interviewed.
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA
As a transit commuter from Queens to Long Island, I am one of the biggest losers from the reduction in the tax transit benefit to $125/month, so I suppose I should agree in considering it a big deal. However, I do think it is important to note that in most cities outside metro NY, almost all transit users are unaffected by this change since in most cities transit costs far less than $125 a month. For example, in Atlanta a monthly pass is $95, and in Jacksonville, Fl. about half that.
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