Private Industry Can Do It … if we let them   2 comments

Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska’s two largest cities, are connected by two highways, a train and airplanes, but it’s been a long time since there was regular bus service between the two cities. A couple of years ago a bus began running the long route down the Richardson and Glenn Highways, but now a new company is seeking to provide a similar service along the much shorter Parks Highway.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130428/low-cost-bus-service-aims-better-connect-communities-between-alaska-population

This is a good thing and, the article notes, it fits into the State’s Long Range Transportation Plan, but it’s not being done by the State of Alaska. Bus transportation is going to be a whole lot cheaper than the train or plane and best of all, the government is not subsidizing it.

Private industry is doing it because the State did not step in to do it and the need is there.

Funny how that works!

2 responses to “Private Industry Can Do It … if we let them

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  1. We have ‘Port Authority” transit. Buses and street cars. But they’re government run. It’s a money pit. The wages are outlandish and pensions unbeleivable. We need to privatize in Pa. Change is hard. we’re trying to get our State Liquor stores to move to private retail. The governor wants it and the House passed. Now for the Senate. They’ve had enough pressure that they ARE working on it.

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    • I don’t much get involved with other states’ spending, accept to note it when it’s out of control. What people want to do at the state level is the decision of the citizens of that state. Alaska, for example, is extremely government heavy. There’s a history to that and the state government runs on the sale of royalty oil, so we pay no income tax, so it’s hard to complain. As the throughput on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline drops, however, the state government is contracting and that’s causing some adjustment pains that, I believe, are good for us.

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