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  1. Given the talking points repeated here by you and your ilk.... I'm going to say: a lot. Couldn't agree more. Let me know when the GOP has theirs. I've been waiting for the adults to step up on that side of the aisle since I left the party in 2009.
  2. Whether anyone feels Donald was "exonerated" or not is irrelevant at this current moment. What is clear: the Russians—in an effort to destabilize and diminish the standing of the United States of America—interfered in an election to sway support towards Donald Trump because they felt that would benefit them most. It wasn't enough to sow discord, they (in some ways brilliantly) played up talking points (many of them adopted by the campaign) that they knew would drive blind followers wild. And in the end, they even came out ahead. The idiot won and is doing exactly what they want. Donald Trump, was and is, the preferred candidate of an American adversary.
  3. It's a lot of "what comes first, the chicken or the egg," right? If you make it free, boarding is easier (but then the system still isn't reliable/frequent). If you make it reliable/frequent (then you don't have to worry about getting delayed buying a ticket because another one comes soon/you might be invited or inclined to try it or rely on it). Ideally, the City/local transit authority would do both. Free fares will come with some issues, though–it'll need a big PR push/sell to the public, will become easy talk radio fodder, and it will be an easy attacking point for opponents. Presently, any local politician who would speak for it probably isn't a great spokesperson/the most popular individual right now. And the SORTA Board - well, yeah. They've shown little to no interest in improving the system. But yeah, I totally get what you're saying @taestell and the afternoon after I made that post - I went to board a train at Washington Park/12th. A family was able to buy tickets, was able to navigate how to purchase multiples (the machines don't make this clear and are not quick about it), and they were still delayed because it took forever for the machine to print multiple tickets. They would've missed that streetcar had the operator not waited a full light cycle and a half for them. I tried to explain the app to them for future use, but they weren't too interested and even demonstrating that app is like pulling teeth. It's easy enough, but it's not intuitive. So yeah, make the damn thing free/easy.
  4. I think the biggest thing is, whether you're in a group or not, it just makes it easier. You can literally just walk up to a station and know (with confidence) that you can board. You don't need to fumble through a value-engineered app or hassle with the worst ticket vending machines known to transit. Of course, none of that matters if the trains aren't frequent and reliable. You have to be able to ride in the first place.
  5. Used to live by it and it has been closed for awhile if not a year. The Flying Pig next door is a great local spot, though.
  6. Hahaha, my apologies @KJP - I just realized that not only did you post this to the thread already, but you authored it. And I thought I was following this topic closely, lol.
  7. This is going around Twitter today: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/03/usl-cleveland-soccer-stadium-site-chosen.html
  8. And, yet, with his party in control of the government for two years - he still couldn't get anything done. And to talk about "hate" being directed at The President and his supporters. I don't think you actually wrote that with a straight face.
  9. No doubt. If the headways are 10 minutes or less (and signs are truly accurate), then an appl/tracking isn't needed at all. However, the current (and previous) power players can't even get the thing to meet 12 minute or 15 minute headways during the arbitrary "peak" and "off-peak" times. This is why "free" fares will never matter if the system isn't fast and frequent first. Yeah the payment systems are awful (the app is decent), but who is even going to bother to pay when you're waiting 15 minutes to run a few blocks? It is so incredibly disheartening to see how Cincinnati politicians, transit officials, leaders, etc. can't manage to run this thing within even a degree of success that other systems are experiencing. This city, I swear.
  10. Agreed. This is huge. And even if you're going to have 10+ minute waits, at least have an app where the thing can be truly and effortlessly tracked. The free "Transit" app (from a 3rd Party) is not great for tracking the trains.
  11. No, it seems to be mental gymnastics on your part. “I don’t believe that he would have allowed that to happen, it just wasn’t to his advantage to happen,” Mr. Trump said. “Those prisons are rough, they’re rough places, and bad things happened. But I really don’t believe that he, I don’t believe that he knew about it.”
  12. ^ Totally agree @Cincy513. Also, related: I was shooting some photographs of the arena recently and also came across a great podcast episode that discussed Cincinnati's previous flirtation with the NHL ala The Cincinnati Stingers. I posted it all here: http://bit.ly/2tJa2uK The link has some great quotes from former WHA President Howard Baldwin such as: "Cincinnati had great ownership and wanted to get in the NHL, but the NHL didn’t want them." and there's some photos of the arena that I made too:
  13. Whoops! Thanks, @DEPACincy for making the spreadsheet and thanks @edale for making some good points!
  14. Just to clarify–I wasn't trying to be rude, rather, it was just easier to respond to multiple points by breaking up the text and referencing things directly. In terms of your more recent post, you state that "there really isn't," an arena in Seattle. There is, though. Key Arena can accommodate a rink, has historically, and will again. The Seattle NHL franchise was contingent on that arena receiving funds for renovation, it's getting them and the entire arena (except for the historic roof) will be gutted and renovated. So, yes, Seattle has and will have an arena that's up to snuff for the modern NHL. I'm aware of Seattle's deep hockey roots, but in terms of "they want it," well... yeah. Hockey has long been popular there, but they also have the proven attendance and rich investors to make it happen. Seattle has long been an expansion candidate/hopeful. Cincinnati has not and will not (even if we had a new arena). In terms of "making the market," that's the point I'm trying to make. Cincinnati has forced itself into those conversations before, most recently with soccer. This market, though, has expressed little to no interest in terms of pro hockey and pro basketball. There are three D1 college programs already vying for corporate support and hockey has always been received as lukewarm at best. The city's best shot at landing the NHL (after the Stingers left town) was when the original Cyclones were very popular in the early 90s. At the time, the NHL played a series of test games and Cincinnati was under consideration. Lack of a newer arena, the downturn of minor league hockey support, and the ambition of the Blue Jackets put that to rest. The Barons existed at a similar time to the Stingers, but were NHL from the start (and originated in California). Their demise wasn't at all similar, though. Lack of fan and corporate support combined with NHL/ownership financial issues saw that club merged with the Minnesota (now Dallas) Stars. Even with a renovated and newer arena in Cleveland, an NHL team is still unlikely to exist there with Columbus down the road. Same for Cincinnati. We could build the nicest, newest, best facility – the NHL isn't going to give us a team unless the Blue Jackets move or fold. The NHL (and by extension MLB, NBA) has much more financial power and different standards/requirements compared to MLS. Soccer is a whole different animal. We can exist with Columbus in that league, probably not going to happen in the others. Same with the NBA–Indy and Cleveland are too close. Even if we "made our market" and stated our case with huge financial and fan support, there are other cities the NBA has already expressed interest in (spoiler alert: they're all bigger in population and television size). All of it's moot anyways....neither the NBA or NHL would ever consider US Bank Arena at this point in time. See Philly's Spectrum and Long Island's Nassau Coliseum as examples. And just to reiterate, I love this topic and these kinds of discussions on UO. Not trying to pick on you or your posts, but you offer the opportunity for conversation and I appreciate that. @edale - thanks for making that spreadsheet. Contrary to where I originally stood, I think there's maybe a case to be made that the arena could be missing some acts. Still, I'd like to know... why. If it is the arena, then the arena operators should be sharing specifics (especially if they're asking for public dollars). Who have we lost out on, why, and how would a renovation help that, etc. I think they've failed miserably in making their case every time (the place also doesn't do itself any favors when you visit).
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