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Archive for Saturday, September 8, 2001

Transportation vs. roads

September 8, 2001

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To the editor:

Your Sept. 2 editorial about the decision process on the south Lawrence bypass might offer a ray of hope if one understands the word "track" used in the first paragraph. If that word referred to the rail line along the north edge of Lawrence, then I believe the Kansas Department of Transportation should pay close attention, as that is an option that could provide relief for congestion on 23rd Street.

KDOT is a misleading title as they only focus on highways to solve transportation problems. As far as they are concerned, it is a highway program rather than a transportation program, and I feel it is in danger of becoming a special purpose, a single-shot solution to problems that are much bigger than just highways.

Perhaps KDOT is using highways to solve problems of the movement of people and goods that might better be solved by other means of transportation such as high speed trains between Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City. Riding passenger trains will also improve social capital. Europe and Japan have had high-speed trains for many years. Why can't we do the same?

One of these days our politicians will realize that oil is a finite resource and they should not wait to see the end of the road before switching to more energy efficient transportation systems.

Lester C. Marsh,

Lawrence

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