Presidential Candidate Stumps For Light Rail

<p>New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson promised to redirect funding from roads to mass transit if he's elected President.</p>
June 14, 2007, 7am PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"In the nation's capital of gridlock, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson promised Monday to create a partnership to build a light rail network and help untangle the Los Angeles region's notorious traffic.

With gas prices rising and roadways jammed, Richardson said it was time to rethink a federal transportation policy that pumps billions of dollars into new roads each year. Mass transit, he said, will be the best, cleanest way to move metropolitan residents in the future.

If elected, he said he would "make it a major effort to refocus transportation construction of roads into light rail and more energy efficient transportation," the New Mexico governor told reporters at a news conference.

"I would make light rail at least an equal partner" with highways, he said. With more rail and clean-running buses, "it's going to improve the quality of life in this country.""

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Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 in San Diego Union Tribune
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