I’ve seen cost estimates for the light rail project ranging from $800 million up to $1.6 billion, after the inevitable cost overruns. How many buses can you buy for a billion dollars? For that amount of money, the buses could have leather recliners, an espresso bar, ESPN and stewardesses. In fact, for $1.6 billion, you could probably provide stretch limousine service for the entire projected ridership.
This project has “boondoggle” written all over it.