They combat my opinion that there are few Syracusans who are concerned with peak oil, and what to do about it.
Higher gas costs a necessary process
To the Editor:
For those of you advocating reducing gasoline taxes, I earnestly request that you rethink your position. Fossil fuels, especially oil, has a limited supply. It will eventually run out. The only question is whether it will occur sooner or later. Reducing taxes just encourages us to continue using up our oil supply like there is no tomorrow.
We are a nation hooked on cheap fuel because our gasoline taxes are so low compared to other developed countries. Lowering our already low gasoline taxes sounds like it helps people, but it just enables our gas-guzzling habit. The most effective way to reduce our oil consumption is to increase its price. That's starting to happen now. As prices rise, people rethink the unnecessary driving they do and look for more fuel-efficient vehicles. It's not a painless process, but it's a necessary one. If we care for our children, and our children's children, we'll pay the price now and slow our consumption of fossil fuels.
The connection to the transportation center is a key step that must go forward to improve ridership on OnTrack. Hotels in the downtown area would benefit, as those taking Amtrak or the bus into Syracuse would have a direct, and cheap way to get to their hotel. Next, if you could get the train to extend to the airport, we would really encourage a larger ridership and a much more accessible city. As an aside, no DestinyUSA plan should be drawn up that doesn't include using public transportation using light rail, and given the proximity of the R&D park to both the Airport and Transportation Center, this seems like a great time to start talking about the expansion of OnTrack.
OnTrack provides link where gondola would go
To the Editor:
Over the last few months, some people have been talking about different ways to transport people between downtown Syracuse and University Hill. I would like to point out to them and this community that we have a system is in place today and running under the name of OnTrack.
Over the last 11 years of operation, OnTrack has quietly moved thousands of people each year to many different events at the Dome from downtown.
OnTrack service can be expanded to some other areas of the city of Syracuse at a lower cost versus the cost to build the gondola in the sky, as some people want to do. An example of this would be that you only need to build a platform and walkway to add service to the West Genesee Street area of the city.
Also, it is time for this community to get together and push to finish the long-delayed Park Street bridge project. With that done, OnTrack could finally get to the Regional Transportation Center.
To end with, OnTrack can do more things than it is doing today, if it is given a chance and some support from this community. Take a ride on the little train for a change. For you may find out you like it.
Philip D. Buffham