The Memphis Conservative’s comments here got me to thinking about public transportation. I decided to look at public transportation in other cities, and ran across Portland. You can see how it’s funded here, in this PDF.

Now, take a moment…close your eyes an imagine a Memphis with a public transportation system like Portland’s. Why should we not aspire for that here? Is there anything fundamentally wrong with Memphis, keeping us stuck in the 1970’s MATA era?

Tom over at SCM says the time is now. Anyone know of a reason why he’s wrong?

Or should we spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a highway connecting the suburbs?