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« on: August 10, 2012, 12:11:21 am »
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Welcome to the office of Internal Affairs in Atlasia. I am your Secretary, morgieb.

If you have any questions or concerns, please post them here.

Thank you, and let's hope that my reign as the SoIA be a happy and successful one.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2012, 05:03:12 am »
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ATTENTION ATLASIANS:

I am taking requests from the regions for funding that needs appropriated from Section 5 of this law: http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Transportation_Infrastructure_Investment_Act.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2012, 10:28:47 am »
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Can I ask how you came up with this list Governor?  I'm interested in the thought behind this..
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 01:04:22 pm »
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The problem with low-density communities and transit systems is that determining where to place stops and where to establish optimal transportation hubs becomes a huge challenge. How do you create routes that will even cover half your population?

One of the benefits of proactive transportation planning is that transportation hubs can become a magnet for commercial growth. In a low density community, you have to account for the fact that the population isn't concentrated in a specific area. That means you have to leave room for parking at major terminals, which erases some of the potential for smart growth. Plus, the further away transit is from your home, the less likely you are to use it at all.

I'd actually argue that the money would be better spent in places that do have other forms of existing transportation. When transit systems work together, the benefits multiply. Businesses grow, cities become more walkable, and you have real hubs of growth.

I think you'd be better off eliminating the least dense communities from your list. Keep the 8 billion, but you'd be better to spend more money on the best suited communities. You don't want to pour money into a community that can't possibly establish smart transit routes... or else you'll have an expensive system with continued upkeep costs that very few people will use.

Sorry to nose my way in here, but I've spent a lot of time studying transit systems for university. I don't want to see you spending money in places that won't benefit from it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012, 01:27:36 pm »
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Reading the text of the legislation, it says $8 billion shall be distributed among the regions. So unfortunately, we have to split the money. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2012, 01:37:45 pm »
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Reading the text of the legislation, it says $8 billion shall be distributed among the regions. So unfortunately, we have to split the money. Tongue

Not necessarily. Money will go wherever it is best effective as determined by the Secretary. There is no minimum funding for a region.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2012, 02:06:16 pm »
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I really can't disagree with anything you've said. It's nice to find someone with similar interests. Smiley

I'd emphasize, though, that if you're only looking to establish transit routes around the population centres for those low-density counties (which is the optimal way to do it), your ridership market will end up being lower than the 60,000 people you talked about. I haven't gone county-by-county though, so you're probably better informed on the specifics than I am. I'm not sure how many counties on your list are right at the 60,000 mark.

Anyhow, best of luck. TOD has the potential to solve a lot of regional problems. If you ever want to talk about it more, let me know. I love this stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2012, 01:56:23 am »
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The Northeast requests $8 billion for rapid bus transit systems to be established or expanded in the following counties:

Penobscot, ME
Kennebec, ME
Keene, NH
Broome, NY
Chautauqua, NY
Oswego, NY
Jefferson, NY
Ontario, NY
Tompkins, NY
Steuben, NY
Wayne, NY
Chemung, NY
Centre, PA
Beaver, PA
Butler, PA
Cambria, PA
Blair, PA
Lycoming, PA
Adams, PA
Rutland, VT
Washington, VT
Windsor, VT

Edit: I incorrectly referred to Washington County, VT by the name of its largest city, Montpelier.
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2012, 11:22:34 am »
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So you're giving all $8 billion to the Northeast?
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2012, 04:13:01 pm »
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So you're giving all $8 billion to the Northeast?
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2012, 07:34:59 pm »
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So you're giving all $8 billion to the Northeast?

Our need is great. And we're the only region to have even requested funding.

Again, these are shovel-ready, chainsaw-ready, jackhammer-ready, miter saw-ready projects, and every minute we're forced to wait, sixty seconds pass in Africa.
Well, it was less than 24 hours. I can guarantee you the Mideast will be acting on it as soon as I swear in tomorrow afternoon.
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 10:41:25 pm »
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Mr. Secretary, would it be feasible to spend the 1.47 billion allocated for the creation of a national university in our region to instead be diverted to expand and improve our community colleges, as those colleges are the ones most essential to economic recovery in our region?
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2012, 10:42:53 pm »
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Thank you, Mr. SoIA, for your patience. Smiley

The Mideast Region formally requests part of the $8 billion for rapid bus transit systems to be established or expanded in the following counties within our region:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Will, Illinois
DuPage, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
Kent, Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Washtenaw, Michigan
Vigo, Indiana (Yes, there is bias here, but we sure need it! Tongue)
Tippecanoe, Indiana
Marion, Indiana
Jefferson, Kentucky
Boone, Kentucky
Summit, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Franklin, Ohio
Kanawha, West Virginia
Henrico, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia
Loudon, Virginia
Baltimore, Maryland
Anne Anrundel, Maryland
Greene, Missouri
Jefferson, Missouri
Clay, Missouri
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2012, 04:31:17 pm »
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A vote was held yesterday in the Mideast Region on where we'd like our regional university to be located, and we have selected Elkhart, Indiana. We formally request that it be selected as the location for our regional university. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2012, 09:16:51 pm »
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The IDS formally requests to receive funds from among the $8 billion to be dedicated to high speed transit in yonder locales:

Charlotte-Raleigh to Rocky Mount
Charlotte-Raleigh to Greenville to Atlanta
Charlotte-Raleigh to Charleston to Atlanta
Tampa to Lakeland to Orlando to Melbourne to Port St. Lucie to Miami
Atlanta to Birmingham to Jackson to New Orleans to Houston
New Orleans to Little Rock to Memphis to Atlanta
Memphis to Nashville to Charlotte-Raleigh
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2012, 07:05:16 pm »
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Nashville to Charlotte-Raleigh

I request from the Department of Internal Affairs at their earliest convenience a study of the environmental impacts and the technological feasibility of this specific segment.
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« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2012, 02:20:52 pm »
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Mr. Secretary, would you please review and give the Judiciary Committee your opinion this legislation?
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« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2012, 12:25:20 am »
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Stealing Pink Floyd lyrics for inactive people is my gig. Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2012, 05:07:43 pm »
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So you're giving all $8 billion to the Northeast?
All $8 billion? What?

I stated I did not have the figures amongst me at the time, so....
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« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2012, 08:43:19 am »
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I stated I did not have the figures amongst me at the time, so....

You also have not approved our request yet.
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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2012, 05:00:18 pm »
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I stated I did not have the figures amongst me at the time, so....

You also have not approved our request yet.
What was your request, ftr?
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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2012, 05:15:53 pm »
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It's posted in your office, by my Governor.
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2012, 06:58:53 pm »
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Mr. Secretary, would you please review and give the Judiciary Committee your opinion this legislation?
Apologies for being very late, but most of that law seems to make sense. The one thing I disagree with is that non-US citizens cannot buy guns, I think that they should.
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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2012, 08:34:30 pm »
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     Oh, the Imperial Dominion of the South requests that Fed U be built in Charleston, South Carolina.
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