Monday, December 29, 2008

Government in Action - Mass Transit Category

I was listening to NPR today and heard that Phoenix opened its first light-rail line over the weekend.

You can listen to the report - in fact, please do - but the bullet points are

  • $ 1.4 billion dollars for 20 miles of track.
  • It goes around the airport but not to the airport.
  • It won't be useful until they build more lines.  Lots and lots more.  Because Phoenix sprawls all over the damn place.
  • The point of the exercise?  It serves to tell the whole world that Phoenix is a world class city with mass transit and everything.

Those with a cynical viewpoint might think that it really serves to tell the whole world that Phoenix can blow a wad of cash with the best of 'em.

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