Last Friday a federal district court ruled in favor of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in a case they brought against both the US and Wisconsin departments of transportation. At issue was a proposed highway expansion and a set of bogus traffic projections used to justify it. The court said, in essence, that if the DOT is going to project a huge increase in traffic while population and actual traffic counts are dropping, they need to show how they came up with that.
This decision has huge implications. Together we've long battled the standard DOT approach of continual highway expansion justified through faulty projection methods. This decision is a really important pushback.
Some links for you:
- The judge's ruling,
- A press release from 1000 Friends of WI, and
- Our latest podcast, which reviews the case from different angles.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
HUGE precedent for Stopping Salem's Bridgasaurus Boondogglus!
A federal court gave us a HUGE boon in the struggle against the absurd giveaway to developers known as the 3rd Bridge or the "Salem River Crossing."
LOVESalem has been researching just this question to prepare for a challenge to the comically fraudulent work the planners are doing for the environmental impact statement that is being fabricated to further the Boondoggle — and,
Happily, there's now precedent that when a DOT tries to say
2 + 2 + 2 + 0 - 1 + 0 - 2 + 0 + 1 + 0 = 20
(which is what Salem and ODOT's traffic projections do)
That you can challenge the lies and prevent the project from going forward.
In lay terms, you can call BS on a stinking mound of BS.
This is Christmas and the Fourth of July in one for Salem taxpayers!
"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."