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August 25, 2010

‘Green’ will drive us

Corsicana — If my vehicle broke down tomorrow I COULD use the community transit to get to work. I don’t believe that’s the answer in the long term though.

I know people prefer to go as and where and when they please when they want and that people in Navarro County are fiercely independent.

But, If the federal government decided to push a more ‘Green’ agenda our way, could the county cope? Could we reduce our emissions for example?

The community transit from what I hear is a good and efficient service that made more than 4,000 journeys last month with 17 vehicles, and often those call outs carry more than one person.

It is economically efficient, but how much more efficient is a bus service that carries 40 people without using much more fuel to make the same journey?

‘Green’ living is popular within government circles because it provides tax collectors with a great excuse to up tax rates to residents.

I do think it’s only a matter of time before that same type of agenda is pushed for in rural Texas.

So again, could this county cope with a more ‘Green’ agenda? Look at Corsicana for example.

With a growing population, Corsicana’s infrastructure will eventually come under strain, particularly the roads.

Highways 287 and 22 are steady flowing. But what about 7th Avenue? The very thought of tackling that on my lunch break is enough to stop me from taking my break at Dickey’s or Don Jose’s. It’s congested, and with more population comes more vehicles. I believe it will eventually become a choice for the city and the county between introducing more roads or introducing a proper public transport system to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

What about a possible number 17 bus service that could run from Kerens for example to Hillsboro via Corsicana twice a day? Stops could be in place at HEB, the cinema and Walmart. Imagine the reduction in traffic.

School buses across the county do a great service as well as helping to tackle congestion and reduce emissions.

I look at it another way as well though. If you have buses, trains or trams then these charge a small fee to take you where you need to go, and will probably cost you less than the gas you would use. That is profit for local transport companies that in turn provides more wealth for the county and less for the big corporate oil companies, and it’s more eco-friendly.

Connie Standridge, Corsicana city manager told me that there are no immediate plans for more transport infrastructure. With money as scarce as it is and present services running comfortably I can understand that.

There’s no immediate need for ‘Greener’ services, but eventually the city and county will have to start looking at the possibilities. Logic and infrastructure dictate that only so many vehicles can fit on the same road at any one time. Time dictates that only a finite supply of oil will be available to us and if that can go towards transporting 40 people to work each day in Corsicana, surely it is being used more efficiently, preserved longer and doing the local economy some good.

The demand for change is not here yet because options have not yet run out. Those options may not run out in your life time or even in mine. But eventually, I believe, change will happen. In the end, ‘Green’ will drive us.

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Oliver Sheehan may be reached by e-mail at oliver@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? E-mail: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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