The series of bus and trolley changes include eliminating:
124 of 213 weekday bus routes.
55 of 100 Saturday bus routes.
26 of 75 Sunday and holiday bus routes.
Light-rail service would be trimmed by cutting hours of operation and increasing the time between trolleys. Besides reducing the number of daily transit vehicle hours, the changes would reduce the number of one-way vehicle trips by 24 percent and overall ridership by 11 percent, the authority has estimated.
Ed Rendell seemingly did a terrific job as mayor of Philadelphia. Aside from his pro-choice stance on abortion, I thought he could do a good job as governor of Pennsylvania. Perhaps I was wrong. He’s really screwing the pooch on this public transportation cutback. He’s being very “un-Democrat”.
[Today, I welcome the guest commentary of my roommate Jerry Nora. He finished his baccalaureate work this week with three degrees: physics, philosophy, and molecular biology. He is highly devoted to the study of bioethics, which he will pursue as a MD/PhD student next year. He is former president of the University of Pittsburgh's Students for Life group and has participated in efforts to bring a chapter of Do No Harm to Pitt. – Funky]
The chief objections to Casey's gubernatorial race that Funky Dung raised are that (1) he's not as experienced as Rendell or would be as effective in getting the commonwealth's economy moving, and that (2) even though Rendell is pro-choice, a governor has little sway in bioethics. I'll take on these two objections in turn.
It's a close race for the Democratic candidacy for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania. As a former resident of the Philly suburbs, I have a soft spot in my heart for Ed Rendell. On the other hand, he's pro-choice and a Gore supporter *shudder*. Casey's father was an excellent governor, but how much of his father's skill's did he inherit? He's pro-life, which I like, but he's pro-gun and has almost no political experience. It's a tough decision for those of us registered Democrat.