Originally Posted by Idbatterim
These morons build an entirely car dependent city. Then spend minuscule amounts on proper public transport solutions , actually scratch that , we don’t have a segregated metro here. They won’t get me out of my car for the vast majority of my trips. Bus journeys that are longer than frodos trek to Mordor!
How in gods name does this kip not have twenty four hour bus services and luas should be operating longer too !
The morons who built it were elected by millions of morons with votes who decided:
-They wanted a city that went OUT instead of up because a tiny garden is worth spending 2 hours on a commute to work rather than going downstairs, around the corner and jumping on a subway that comes every 3 minutes...or they never even thought about that exchange just wanted the garden not thinking through the consequences. This is one of the central things holding up decent PT in Ireland.
-For most of the Tiger era, demanded tax cuts over infrastructure spending consistently to the point where no opposition party was offering the option of using the surplus for long term projects instead of extra 10ers on welfare and tax cuts. Thankfully the govt did the NDP and T21 anyway but nowhere near as much as would have happened with pubic support for long term thinking. This aspect has changed thankfully, and now the public supports public service improvements over tax cuts nearly 2:1 but it's very late in the day for this shift and took a huge recession for people to alter their thinking to the long term.
Unfortunatly a huge amount of new PS spending gets hoovered up in pay hikes (it's the main reason why, no matter how much money they poured into the HSE after M.Martins reforms, front line services didn't get much better). Instead of attacking the cost of living we just raise their wages like a dog chasing it's tail who will never catch it. 2/3 of the new spending since the recession ended have gone to PS wages and they are demanding we make that worse.
-Protested HYSTERICALLY and objected via the planning laws every time a bus lane or tunnel or any major transport change was mooted or proposed. You can't even move a bus route at the end to straighten it out in this country without hysterics in the Irish Times about how there are 2 blind passengers out of the 147,000 on that route who will have to walk an extra 12ft.
-Those outside Dublin have a massive massive chip on their shoulder and would rather spend the cost of an Aer Lingus flight to Moscow per passenger on a barely used line in Ballybrophy rather than support more money going into a Metro in Dublin because "dey get everytin in Dublin".
I'm all for being critical of political leaders but never forget they don't come from thin air and their opinions and actions are based on the climate of public support.