Republican governors Rick Scott of Florida, John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin all turned down available Federal funds. California's governor is happy to take the money to build a system linking Los Angeles and San Francisco but it's become tied up by routing and funding disputes.
If Detroit wants to stabilize and grow its economy, buses, rapid buses, and light rail must all be included in Detroit's regional transportation system. If Detroit only supports a basic bus system, we will remain a third-class city.
The direct financial costs of the Iraq war were estimated to be about $800 billion, with a 'B.' That struck me as a lot of money. I started thinking: "What else could we have done with $800 billion over eight years?"
For a decade or more, the Detroit region has talked about building a regional transit system. As it stands today, nothing has been built. So what is the remedy to Detroit's struggles to move forward on regional transit?
As an architect, I spend my days zooming from home to home on the windblown highways of Rayner Banham's Autopia. If there is one thing I've learned from life in the fast lane, it's that building more car lanes only brings more cars.
High-speed rail isn't just faster; it's smarter. And just as airplanes, asphalt and petroleum were key in the last century, information technology is proving to be critical to 21st century transportation infrastructure.