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VTA light-rail extension to Los Gatos: $175 million for 200 new riders
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Mike Rosenberg

Posted on 11/28/2012 4:20:01 PM PST by Lonely Bull

Just how many new riders would jump on a train to one of Silicon Valley's most desired destinations?

About 200, it turns out -- and it would cost taxpayers up to $175 million to build the rail line to Los Gatos.

The new projections come from the Valley Transportation Authority's updated forecast for a long-envisioned light-rail extension. Still years from reality, the Los Gatos line would be one of the least-used light-rail extensions planned in the nation -- and would reduce South Bay vehicle traffic by a mere 0.01 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; extension; lightfail; lightrail; losgatos; million; riders; vta

1 posted on 11/28/2012 4:20:08 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: Lonely Bull

I miss Willie Green.


2 posted on 11/28/2012 4:23:39 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Lonely Bull

Another money-laundering scheme to labor unions using tax payer’s money. WTFU, AMERICA.


3 posted on 11/28/2012 4:25:14 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Lonely Bull

Oh the plane went down over los Gatos canyon....
and all they will call them will be...
deportees.

Old Song lyric.


4 posted on 11/28/2012 4:26:12 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Lonely Bull
Heck, buy each one of those 200 a big Lincoln Town Car and we would save a bunch!
Problem solved.
5 posted on 11/28/2012 4:28:49 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
Childress said park-and-ride lot expansions and other project elements could be dumped to help reduce the cost.

Our government, hard at work, assuring that any new train station that is built is impossible to use.

6 posted on 11/28/2012 4:29:25 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Lonely Bull
There's only one reason to extend the light rail as far as Netflix HQ - for Netfilx employees. Downtown Log Gatos is still a 60 minute walk away.

With a new bill of fiscal health, the VTA wants to connect a West Valley community that historically has been underserved by public transit to the rest of the county

"Underserved" by the light rail system is exactly the way I like it.

7 posted on 11/28/2012 4:33:29 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Lonely Bull

In other words they could just add a bus to that route


8 posted on 11/28/2012 4:40:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Lonely Bull

Wow, only $109 million per mile. These light fails don’t get any cheaper, do they.


9 posted on 11/28/2012 4:55:22 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: GeronL

I’m sitting on a train that added a $350,000,000 leg for 500 riders.

Including operating costs, that’s a cool million dollars per rider.

PEOPLE REALLY LIKE THEIR CHOO CHOOS!!!!


10 posted on 11/28/2012 4:56:38 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Working is for suckers.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

How do they justify that? I guess since its OPM its okay

Its another form of welfare


11 posted on 11/28/2012 5:00:30 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 1rudeboy

I was about to say that.......


12 posted on 11/28/2012 5:14:58 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Lonely Bull
Metropolitan Transit Authorities are cesspools of Eric Holder's people/embezzlers.
13 posted on 11/28/2012 5:31:45 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

mass transit = fraud

contractors want the money.

goverment wants the excuse to force reductions in peoples mobility. Trap people in the city gulags.

Suburbia means freedom.

Decentralizing means death to government.

Look at NYC, Wall street is just a museum. The real trading is on computers in NJ.

It is just cheepter to buy these 200 people a focus and insurance for 20 years.


14 posted on 11/28/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lonely Bull

It’s only money, taxpayers money.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 6:07:21 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Lonely Bull

Them politicicans should quit watching “Field of Dreams”.


16 posted on 11/28/2012 6:20:03 PM PST by Dogbert41 (What now?)
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To: Lonely Bull

Sounds like a real bargain in “Moonbeam Country”....only 175 million.


17 posted on 11/28/2012 6:53:23 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Lonely Bull; Revolting cat!

Just give each of the riders a million dollars to buy a personal car and hire a personal driver. No unions. No DWI. No construction costs.

You’ll SAVE money in the long run and get at least 200 people to vote for you.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 7:11:23 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Organized labor = Organized crime.

They got to keep the operation running.

Some years back the graft in numerous major cities (Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans) were under a Federal investigation into contract corruption.

The same names were listed as aides to numerous mayors. Each city played it like it was only a local story with no national implications and the national media didn’t give it any legs.

A few people may have been taken out but no mayor went to prison by my count.


19 posted on 11/28/2012 7:14:44 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

What I note is the politicians’ constant need for euphemisms, whether required or not. This “light rail” is nothing more or less than... uhm, streetcars! Heck, why not call it Affirmative Action Rails, it would make as much sense.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 7:19:36 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: GeronL
How do they justify that?

"Shovel ready jobs!"

Biden and Pelosi both spun tales on the order of 200 million Americans going out of work every month and tax cuts for the upper 1% of $10trillion or some such.

These are very dim bulbs. They have NO CONCEPT. It is all Monopoly money and statistics to them. "Money is no object!"

21 posted on 11/28/2012 7:24:04 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Light rail” vs. “heavy rail” (often elevated). It comes down to whether the power source comes from above or below.

Nothing to do with the weight of the cars, the cost of the project, the amount of real estate consumed by the tracks and supports.

But to the public “light rail” sounds like a nice compromise. Much better than that “heavy rail”.

Oh way, light rail can’t run in Houston when there are 3 inches of rainfall. Oh well.


22 posted on 11/28/2012 7:27:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

bump


23 posted on 11/28/2012 7:32:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Lonely Bull
Is there a contest somewhere for per-capita beneficiary boondoggle cost? This has got to be a serious contender for champeen if not already IT.
24 posted on 11/28/2012 11:02:07 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: 1rudeboy

So if you can’t drive and park your car to get to the train
you will have to walk to the train No thank you.


25 posted on 11/28/2012 11:58:12 PM PST by funfan
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