$1.1 billion price tag in 1998, a few years later - $6 billion
Now, $8.9 billion... and counting...
Transit tax costs a household $155 a year, not $40 a year as erroneously claimed by some city officials - and does not include your federal and state tax dollars also applied to the cost.
Plan focuses first on being "comprehensive" as in "comprehensive" immigration reform; focused on providing transportation "choices" rather than focusing on transportation's biggest concern - congestion relief
Instead, plan should focus first on real means of reducing congestion such as: road intersection improvements, adding left and right turn lanes, widening key roads, stop light coordination, and improving potholed roads
Virtually no environmental impact
Overwhelming bulk of air pollution reduction projected from getting older vehicles off the roads, not from light rail transit
Virtually no congestion relief
Air pollution increases along rail corridors as density is raised along corridors
May remove at best 2-3% of commuting vehicles from the roads
87% of all bus seats available ride empty
in 1995: 0.63% of all urban motorized travel was by transit here
in 2005: 0.54% by transit... a net decline
22.5 mph average speed of light rail (slow)
few seats per train (hence "light" rail)
Contrast to NYC subway or Chicago L-train which are "heavy" rail - carry more people - go faster
No centralized rail hub planned - riders will have to switch rail lines by non-rail means
No airport access by light rail planned No more Federal funding for future light rail lines likely
Property taxes already being committed through a process known as "tax increment financing"
Property tax dollars slated for investment in roads diverted to accommodate South line
Rail puts a "floor" on property tax rates: long term (10+ years in to the future) cities frequently must choose between cutting bus service and/or raising property taxes to keep up with the ultra-high cost of subsidizing light rail
Rail lines must be rebuilt about every 30 years, costing as much or more as the original cost to re-build the line - few local governments take this in to account
Ultra low population density to have urban rail
Will be second smallest city in USA to have light rail (Little Rock, AK - smallest)
Local roads now resurfaced every 20-25 years instead of the ideal - every 12 years
Road quality deteriorating
No plans to add any lanes to I-77
Transportation priorities misplaced
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