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Greenville Fails to Provide Rationale for Transit Funding Push

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The Greenville Transit Authority has dreams of using nearly $100 million in stimulus funds to create a rapid transit system.

The Greenville News writes breathlessly about the possibility of numerous Upstate communities being connected by a proposed regional “bus rapid transit” system if the Greenville Transit Authority is successful in capturing nearly $100 million in federal stimulus funds.

The grant would help create a regional bus rapid transit system that would connect cities and different locations like the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, ICAR, downtown Greenville, Easley and Clemson University, the paper reported Monday.

“There really is just a lot of potential in what we could do as a community,” said Matt Carter, chairman of the board of directors for the Greenville Transit Authority, told The News. “The money is there.”

What isn’t in the story is any kind of proof that there’s a need for such a system. There are no references to any feasibility studies, no indication of how many people would have to use the transit for it to break even or even any predictions on how many people might be expected to use the system.

In fact, it appears the Greenville County Authority is pursuing the stimulus funding for the same reason British mountaineer George Mallory gave when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: Because it’s there.

Mallory, of  course, died in his ill-fated quest to conquer Everest.


Written by Cotton Boll Conspiracy

September 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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