Transportation Freedom

As the new year approaches, it feels appropriate to look ahead, not only on the calendar, but also technologically.  I had a long talk with Bill James, president of Jpods yesterday.  He claims that his company will come to NH and build these transit systems with their own money, if we just give them a chance.  These small, lightweight, solar powered transit cars are the perfect solution for a state like NH with low population density.  If Mr. James is willing to risk his own capital to build one, shouldn’t we give him a chance?  For too long, we’ve had the running battle over trains and buses.  Proponents claim that these systems are needed for those who can’t drive, and that the infrastructure will make NH more attractive to new businesses.  Opponents claim that public transit systems are a sucking money pit that will devour ever increasing piles of tax payer dollars in the future.  Both sides are right.  Shouldn’t we then look to the future and examine new systems that are efficient and viable?  We can’t be first.  Morgantown, WV has had a system like this since the 70’s.  Fayetteville, GA is building one now.  We can still get on board and not be left behind.  There is no system that is more efficient, environment friendly, and easy to set up.  Let’s not only look ahead, but move ahead.  This will give NH citizens mobility freedom, create jobs, and reduce traffic.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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