What’s your freakin’ (commuting) problem?

campo.jpgThe Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is one of those rare groups that generates opposition from … well, just about everyone. CAMPO’s long-range transportation plan has been virulently cursed by libertarian populists and reactive commuters who oppose the proposed patchwork quilt of regional toll roads as an illegal and inconvenient affront to our driving freedoms. Warmer and fuzzier groups oppose the 2030 Plan because it validates sprawl, endangers the environment, and threatens to displace cuddly critters. Even conservatives mistrust the group as a quasi-governmental star chamber that promotes the HOV lanes and bicycle paths that help “lefties” get to their rallies on time.

But maybe it’s time that everybody gave CAMPO a tiny little break. After all, they’re grappling with an insanely complex issue that, if left unattended, will certainly make all sides even more upset than they are now. And even if their proposal is short-sighted, convoluted, and based on flawed assumptions, they’re only trying to help.

So why not let CAMPO prove their good intentions to you well before 2030 ever gets here, and check out their “commute solutions” website? After all, October is Commute Solutions Month (hot on the heals of September’s Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street Month), so you owe it to the calendar … and yourself … to take the Commuter Challenge and find a better way to work. You could even win a $500 gift certificate to a sprawl-inducing outlet mall, thus promoting one more long commute on congested motorways!

Oh CAMPO, please don’t ever lose your ironic sense of humor.

3 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 10:00 am

    Shouldn’t that be “hot on the heels”?

  2. wae (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    You just don’t understand my highly metaphorical writing style.

  3. M1EK (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 11:22 am

    Good post. CAMPO is full of guys who are genuinely trying to do their best caught between the city (who wants generally good things) and TXDOT (who wants to pave the earth and hates pedestrians and cyclists).

    Except for Daugherty. Not much good about that guy.

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