Skip to comments.VTA light-rail extension to Los Gatos: $175 million for 200 new riders
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.
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I miss Willie Green.
Another money-laundering scheme to labor unions using tax payer’s money. WTFU, AMERICA.
Oh the plane went down over los Gatos canyon....
and all they will call them will be...
Old Song lyric.
Our government, hard at work, assuring that any new train station that is built is impossible to use.
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.
In other words they could just add a bus to that route
Wow, only $109 million per mile. These light fails don’t get any cheaper, do they.
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!!!!
How do they justify that? I guess since its OPM its okay
Its another form of welfare
I was about to say that.......
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.
It’s only money, taxpayers money.
Them politicicans should quit watching “Field of Dreams”.
Sounds like a real bargain in “Moonbeam Country”....only 175 million.
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.
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.
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.
"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!"
“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.
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.