Michael Dalby, a member of Southern Indiana’s chamber of commerce, is supporting tolls. Shocking, I know, that a chamber of commerce would back such an effort and trash any alternative.
That’s all fine and dandy.
The real story, here, is the reader comments left at the News & Tribune.
Here’s a taste:
If you really did your research you would find that when the interstate system was built that the east end bridge was in the design. not a second downtown bridge.
The American cities witnessing the highest economic growth rates abandoned these types of massive infrastructure projects a long time ago so that they can focus on solutions that really work in a 21st century economy.
But please, Mr. Dalby, don’t let the facts get in the way of your chance of raining money down on your economic policy group! Don’t let the issue of families who depend on getting to work in Louisville wondering how they’ll be able to afford the tolls you love so much.
So it’s Dalby using outdated knowledge, or just something more to his liking. How surprising.
To understand how Dalby and company are using ‘data’ to manipulate rather than reveal the truth, one must understand that the American Transportation Research Institute is the ‘research’ arm of the American Trucking Associations, a trucking specific, big business lobbying group. Their mission includes ‘an emphasis on the trucking industry’s essential role in a safe, efficient, and viable transportation system’ even though other independent research regularly shows that trucking is a comparatively inefficient and less safe transportation mode.
Does Mr. Dalby know more about transporation issues than the Transportation Department? Why does Mr. Dalby think he has the right to make this decision instead of our elected leaders?
Baltimore’s light rail system cost less than $20 million per mile. If we build one bridge instead of two, we easily could afford over 100 miles of light rail throughout the region.
Is Dalby trying to make it sound like Louisville voters want two bridges?
What then does Dalby say about the recent poll that showed a mere 14.5% of lively Louisville voters supporting two bridges?
The comments go on and on. Meanwhile, our business and elected “leaders” continue to ignore the will of the people.