Repeating the fallacy that STAMP is only 40 minutes from Rochester will not make it so. As a favored project of the powers that be, STAMP is a fait accompli at this point, but at least let's not play fast and loose with the facts. Google maps says 52.6 miles/52 minutes from Main and Clinton to Route 77 and Judge Road, which is the edge of STAMP closest to Rochester.
That’s 105 miles round trip. Generously assuming an average of 30 miles per gallon, that’s 3.5 gallons of gas per vehicle per day for round trips from Rochester. At the current price of $3.65 per gallon, that’s $12.78 per day ($63.88 per week, $3,129.88 per 49 week working year) just for gas, not counting $2.10 in daily tolls, vehicle costs, insurance, repairs, etc.
That’s one hour and 44 minutes (1.75 hours) every day spent commuting. 11% of your waking hours. 8.75 hours per week, 428.75 hours or almost 18 days per year spent commuting.
Is this the lifestyle that we want? Is this the lifestyle that is appealing to future employees? Young worker preferences suggest not. Regardless, the gross inefficiencies of up to 10,000 workers commuting long distances does not make good public policy and should not be encouraged with public funds. Doing so makes a mockery of the State’s Public Infrastructure Policy Act (PIPA), otherwise known as the Smart Growth Act. STAMP is not smart growth. It is dumb growth, of the highest order.
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