President Obama's Blog Is Quiet.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on January 23, 2009

Not much happening at the blog on the whitehouse.gov site. Got a blog, gotta blog.

Here’s a comment for the blog—I noticed (and so did Paul Krugman) that not all that much money was allocated to mass transit in the economic stimulus package put forth by President Obama.

Here is one suggestion. Trolleys for Santa Fe. New Mexico Governor Richardson got a light rail line built between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It’s a beauty that opened in December and is always packed with people who work in Santa Fe and live in the less expensive Albuquerque. It takes hundreds of cars off the road and saves hugely on energy.

The train takes you to the Railroad District of Santa Fe—and then nothing. A trolley system that connects all the districts of the town, including the Railroad District which is a booming art gallery area now, is exactly what Santa Fe needs. Taxis are hard to come by. Parking is terrible. There are few buses.

Portland, Oregon has a fantastic trolley system. Hop on, hop off and pay nada. It is packed with folks who don’t have to take their cars. Santa Fe needs a trolley system too.

That’s green mass transit for you. Any other ideas out there?

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Gong Szeto

January 24, 2009 3:51 AM

as a santa fean i agree with you that the railrunner is a success and i agree with you that the 'last mile' has not been solved yet. if you mean trolley in the sense of an integrated rail system, that's a great idea, except that many of our roads are throwbacks to the santa fe of 500 years ago, narrow and circuitous, unfriendly to track interventions like traditional trolley systems. that is not to say that natural gas or hydrogen powered trolley-like public transportation (maybe decorated to look old timey like they do in austin, tx) could not work. smaller scale, open air, easy. the albuquerque zoo has a scale railroad that connects the aquarium and the zoo which everyone adores. something like that would be fun and great and useful for many.

t_F

January 24, 2009 4:41 PM

A measely $10B for mass transit/rail when there is $30B stimulus earmarked for highways is upsetting. However, this only begs the question: why are we making this distinction in the first place? Rather than thoughtlessly building highway capacity, we need to speculate about how transit will evolve over the next 20-30 years, and build flexibility into the system for transit hybrids.

t_F

January 26, 2009 5:39 PM

Here's another idea: offer discounted development rights over public rights-of-way occupied by freeways. Revenues will help offset costs of new transit lines below or above. The land our urban freeways sit on is valuable--lets capitalize on it.

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January 30, 2009 1:17 PM

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February 4, 2009 4:44 AM

To Mr. President---please get an English Language tutor. Please do not use slang.

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February 5, 2009 4:31 AM


Mr. President, I voted for you and I admire you and your lovely wife and children. I feel very strongly that as the head of our country you should be wearing a suit while you are in the oval office. I would give this same advice to my son. Make us PROUD.By the way I'm 81 and I've seen a few other presidents before you.But you my dear are the hope for my children and my grandchildren and for the futher of this country. God Bless you and yours
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February 7, 2009 6:39 PM

Dear Mr. President. WE are so happy you are in the White House, trying to do the best you can for our country. But I am disappointed that your administration is going ahead with the anti-missile shield in Poland. That is giving the wrong signal to Russia and may others. The thing is to me completely unnecessary and cold war politics. I am a European and am very unhappy that a EC country like Poland gives you the opportunity to place the shield. Please consider if you are makiing the right decision here.
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Robert Lee

February 18, 2009 6:16 PM

In regards to Santa FE'S problem in getting people to where they need to go after arriving by rail.
why not manufacture small vehicles, like golf carts, that are either run on natural gas or electric. These can be made available by the city at a resonalble rate for commuters to use.
These vehiclescould be built locally, each community could set up a small manufacturing plant to produce.

Kurt

May 1, 2009 1:05 PM


Congratulation to President-elect Barack Obama for becoming the 1st African-Americian to lead such a great nation, America and I am sure his presidency will affect the world.
Truly it is no coincidence that this auspicious event should take place with in the first year after the bi-centinary of slavery. The election of Mr Obama shows what can be achieved with determination,
preparation and change in ones mind set, to overcome adverse experiences. It is an overwheliming positive message to all my brothers and sisters of Africian decent to look up and not down to move forward and not stay stuck in the past. To no longer play the blame game and unleash the mental shackles. Martin Luthers dream has certainly become a reality.
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