Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Since the bike and ride at Sunset transit center worked out so well?
You know the adage, "When you're in a hole, stop digging"? TriMet has revised it to: "When you're in a hole, build more light rail." Despite its financial distress, TriMet now plans to build another MAX line, its most expensive yet. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a segment connecting Portland and Milwaukie, a sleepy town of 20,000. The price tag: $1.5 billion. As the line would stretch only 7.3 miles, the cost per mile would be a little more than $200 million. The federal government has agreed to foot half the bill, and TriMet plans to fund most of the rest by floating $724 million in bonds.
A quick observation about today’s announcementby TriMet that they’re creating a new citizens’ safety committee: TriMet says the the new committee was a recommendation of last year’s safety task force. This isn’t true.