Re: Partial solution can be quickly done in the interim to knock the #$
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From: Robert Cohen (***@aol.com.spam.no)
Subject: Schmockems Razor: Traffic Jam
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Date: 2003-01-20 18:38:02 PST
NEWS & EVENTS
'If You Hate It, Why is This Concept Dumb?'
A solution to our public-transportation woes
By Randall Osborne
Sick of traffic jams on the ozone-shrouded freeway into Atlanta? Tired
backed-up clog on Pike Street heading through Lawrenceville? Robert
I like it.
Cohen's partial solution to traffic woes is "obvious (at least to
writes in a memo to county planners. But it hasn't been obvious to
else. Cohen, of Lawrenceville, is getting the word out. "Encouragement
reproduction in whole or part," he adds, fragmentally, to the two-page
document. "Not copyrighted."
His plan has a few hitches. Cohen admits that much, right off the bat.
example, to make it work, insurance companies would have to
way they write liability policies. What's more, Atlanta and Fulton
which have monopolized the taxi and limo market -- would have to ease
up a bit,
You're probably starting to figure it out.
Anyway, once we bring the insurance companies in line and bust up the
deal held in place by chauffers in Fulton County, we can move on to
plan. Summed up, in his words, it's this: "Fare-payin' passengers."
Old-timers will recall a bumper sticker along these lines, favored by
hippies. The sticker bore a little rhyme that dealt with an anatomy
with hemp, using slang vernacular for each and concluding that "nobody
In Cohen's world, few people would. "We need to reconceptualize," he
the memo, Cohen reconceptualizes like all get out.
"A major problem with facilitating the private vehicles carrying of
passengers also has to do with crime potential," he writes. "One
be that potential paying passengers could carry picture ID (cards) and
(cards) could be scanned or checked via the vehicles' cellular
a screening process would seemingly be of some expense, but it is a
technological possibility to utilize."
Under Cohen's plan, the driver would not be obliged to take anybody
valid card. "There would be no requirement that a vehicle would carry
anybody who is unknown to the driver," he writes, which is a relief.
typical situations where the drivers and passengers are co-workers and/
neighbors (thus known to each other), then no screening is needed
No, but you could still charge them. That's the beauty of the plan.
car-pool moocher would be a phenomenon of the past. Nobody rides for
Exact amounts owed could be calculated. "Electronic taxi meters
should now hopefully be cheaper because of efficiencies in
Buy, et. al., might sell and install the things. Or the vehicles'
could be utilized along with (the) wristwatch, and a simple formula
Cohen's memo is more than practical advice. He throws in a few
"The perimeter highway in DeKalb County is becoming increasingly
declares. "I currently favor an outer perimeter, possibly as a toll
Mostly, though, Cohen wants to guide officials through the process of
up the roads. "The concept is to encourage more semi-public/semi-
so that not as many cars are needed. The incentive system could help
the transportation problem -- if institutions and laws could
Ah, there's the rub. Cohen includes a series of questions in which he
conditions that he knows are bad. Very bad. "Is our society too crime-
this?" he asks, apparently in reference to the prospect of bogus ID
"Does the automotive industry want to sell less vehicles?" He seems to
answer. "Isn't Gwinnett doomed to gridlock, no matter what? If you
hate it, why
is this concept dumb? Please critique."
I'm no traffic planner, so I'm hardly qualified to critique. Plus, the
wasn't addressed to me. I only got a copy.
But, in the manner of a non-skeptic and optimist, I like Cohen's
They suggest an earlier time of free enterprise, the pioneering
individualism and clean air -- not to mention ruffian hippies, who
everyone else) were not altogether serious. It was a time when (unlike
people didn't really mean it when they said: "Nobody rides for free."
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