On May 10, I posted the picture of the LOL gas price sign on Clayton Road.
On May 23, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posts a picture. Sure, it’s clearer, but it’s theoretically a professional photographer and he or she was not driving a temporarily unionized wife to the hospital.
Kudos to them for not explicitly blaming Bush in the article (unlike this “article” in the neighborhood paper, where the newspaper editor takes four short paragraphs, 10 short sentences, to lay the blame at George Bush’s feet. On the front page of the paper, no less. Good work, activist!). However, I wonder who told someone that LOL means “Lots of luck.”
Funny bit from the Post-Dispatch story, though, in the semi-mandatory, tout light rail section:
“I just started riding it a couple weeks ago, and I love it,” said Richards, of St. George. He said he finds riding the train so relaxing that he’d probably keep doing it even in the unlikely event that gas prices plummet. “I guess I’m hooked.”
I guess he doesn’t work downtown. The fundamental problem with the light rail system is that it has two lines: a main line from the airport to downtown, and a spur down to Shrewsbury. If the guy in St. George works downtown, a highway commute looks like this:
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His ride to the Metrolink station looks like this:
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That’s a fourteen minute ride to the Metrolink station and then a ride on the train downtown or about a 20 minute ride on the highway. When I lived in Casinoport and worked downtown, I could drive 30 minutes to the Metrolink station, wait for a train, and then ride downtown on the train, or I could drive 40 minutes to downtown.
Light rail proponents will yap that that explains why we need a bunch more rails and stops, but it took 10 years to build that one spur I mentioned above. To this day, Metrolink bleeds money. More rails mean it would bleed more money. Light rail and those fixed transit systems make no sense in a widely distributed, low-density area. But they’re BIG THINGS, and elected leaders get their names on buildings, so they continue to support it. The right-minded busybodies who tend to move downtown anyway continue to push it because it makes sense for them and the population should fund their pet projects. For the rest of us, time and tax money are wasted.
That’s a long way from pointing out I had the photo before the Post-Dispatch did. I’ll stop now.