Martin Johncox: Growth of the past 15 years is not conducive for transit : comments

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Planning needed!

What I don't understand is the reactive urban planning that seems to plague this valley. If we don't plan for transit now it will cost a whole heck of a lot more in the future and be much more difficult to implement.

I think, there in lies the confusion

People think if you plan it, it will happen soon.

I know the valley can't support a transit system (more than buses) at this time. We're not supporting the bus system. But in the overall plans, yes, there needs to be ROW set up and purchased, etc.

It's more than just tracks

The author was making a point that we haven't built the surrounding land uses to accommodate transit. What use is it to have all these rail and bus lines when they dump people in the middle of parking lots, or they can't be reached on foot because everything is spread out and walled off? If cities want more funding to build transit, they need to get their act together and start requiring the kind of development that will support transit. We had a regional rail system early in the last century that was privately operated (and we had a much smaller population), but the land use was there to support it.

Seems to make sense to me

Don't know if I agree with all of this about land use in Boise but there are some good points.