It was first promoted as a traffic mitigation plan at $3 billion [July 6: “Rail Done Right?”]. Then it grew to a Transit Oriented Development plan for an extra $2 billion and became a jobs program for some additional, yet unknown, amount. Meanwhile, millions have gone toward public relations, manipulations and strong-arming, plus the realization that traffic won’t be better than it is now–in fact, it will be worse.
What we want is relief from the crushing traffic at an affordable price. Instead we have proposed trains in the sky at a cost of…wait for it…$50,000-plus, per foot. So, yes, Berg’s approach makes sense.