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E-M:/ MEtro times locomotion - asthma admits reduced on no drive days in Atlanta
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- From: "Karen D. Kendrick-Hands" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 00:08:35 -0800
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Sorry about duplication postings
1. Check out the cover story "Locomotion" in this week's
(02.20.010 METRO TIMES. Expertly written by Kelly Thayer of the Michigan
Land Use Institute, it is a great introduction to the benefits of rail
transit, how other communities got theirs, and what Metro Detroit must do
to get in line. TRU is mentioned, as well as many of our allies.
2. One of the benefits of rail done right is reduced traffic and the air
pollution it causes, which can lead to improved health for our
kids. As you check out the following story, remember that Detroit
kids suffer from Asthma at three times the National average. Reducing
traffic and the air pollution from it helped reduce asthma episodes in
Atlanta in 1996.MDOT in it's drive to build ever more capacity, hasn't
yet gotten this connection. It's time for us to help them see it,
starting with the proposed 1.3 billion dollar over-expansion of I-94.
Rebuild YES!/ Overbuild NO!
The following excerpt is from a Reuters story about a study in Journal of
the American Medical Association.re: traffic controls during 1996 summer
Olympics in Atlanta reduced the number of doctor visits and hospital
admissions due to asthma attacks.
Olympic Traffic Controls Lowered Asthma Attacks
* * * * * * *
Traffic controls imposed during the Atlanta Olympics brought a 23%
decrease in morning peak traffic counts and a 10% decline in
peak traffic counts. This resulted in a 13% fall in ozone concentrations,
a 19% decrease in carbon monoxide levels, and a 7% decline in
nitrogen dioxide levels, the authors report.
During this period, Medicaid-related emergency room visits and
hospitalizations for asthma dropped by 42%, the researchers note.
asthma-related care for HMO enrollees fell by 44%, and citywide
hospitalizations for asthma decreased by 19%.
These declines did not reflect a general improvement in health in the
region. At the same time, the report indicates, other Medicaid
visits declined by only 3%, while emergency visits among HMO enrollees
and non-asthma hospitalizations actually increased slightly.
The authors conclude, therefore, ``that the alternative transportation
plan in Atlanta during the Olympic Games reduced ozone and other
pollutants and was associated with a significant, albeit temporary,
decrease in the burden of asthma among Atlanta's children.''
``Another potential reason for the dramatic improvements in asthma
control observed is related to the fact that numerous air pollutant
improved during the Olympics,'' Friedman told Reuters Health. ``This
suggests that a simultaneous improvement in a combination of
may have more of an effect on triggering asthma attacks than the
individual pollutants alone would.''SOURCE: Journal of the American
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands, President
Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883
Check out TRU's web page at
Try the Motranzit site, too - http://www.hometown.aol.com/motranzit
Also check out www.transitdetroit.freeservers.com &
If you don't ask the right questions, you will never get to the right answers . . .