NOTE: This is the third in our series “War on Cars” where we detail the “hidden metric” behind Congressman Pete Visclosky’s $5B regional transformation plan. As we move forward, we will be compiling all articles related to the Regional Transformation Plan, the West Lake Extension, Double Tracking of the current NICTD/South Shore line and Transit Oriented Development in one page.
January 10, 2017-It is clear that Congressman Pete Visclosky has decided to wage war on the way of life of region residents in working with consultant Doug Farr. Farr’s stated mission to reduce vehicle miles travelled by 50% by the year 2030 by designing communities that force residents to give up their cars. What will this look like for region residents who work in good paying region jobs at BP, Lear, Ford and U.S. Steel? Take a look at the devastation that President Obama’s war on coal wreaked on those who were employed in the coal industry and you begin to get a picture of Visclosky’s plan to “radically transform” northwest Indiana. In 2012 the US House of Representatives approved the Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012. Congressman Visclosky voted “No” on the bill which later died in Senate Committee.
Please let us know in the comments, do you agree with Congressman Visclosky’s plan to “radically transform” northwest Indiana by forcing people to drive less?