Susan Meyer with Spokane Transit Authority says, "it's a way to moving more people in a really environmental strong way because it is electrically charged." The don't call it light rail because in fact there are no rails set into the ground. Meyer says it's a way to move people, powered by an overhead electric infraninfrastructurecally a wire. "Looks like the train a modern streetcar they will be 60 feet long or so and be articulated meaning they have the bendy parts in the middle." Meyer says. "In good weather they'll wear wheel skirts so you won't be able to see the tires it has a very looks it looks just like a streetcar."Mmmmmm! It has a very Martian! = = = = = Dealing with the real subject seriously for a moment: Trolley-powered buses are not a good idea. Some Eastern cities used them for a long time because they 'amortized' the existing streetcar electrical system. For a brand-new system, the huge expense gives nothing but new problems. The bus driver loses the ability to steer around unpredictable obstructions and snow-blocked streets. He might as well be on rails.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.