Is Ottawa's LRT A Boondoggle?

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    Ken Gray
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    Oxford defines boondoggle as:

    “An unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent project.”

    Unnecessary: In the form it is now, yes. If you can’t make commuters’ trips faster downtown than before LRT, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. And all this in the face of declining transit ridership. Perhaps we don’t need light rail.

    Wasteful: Let’s see. The current project’s first two phases didn’t pay for the Vimy Memorial Bridge or get rail to Barrhaven or drive it to Kanata, despite Allan Hubley’s faulty grasp of geography. The Chiarelli plan did all those things for $3.2 billion less than the current two phases. And the Chiarelli plan would have been finished in 2014. This one? Who knows.

    Fraudulent: We kept being told how safe this project was when it had sinkholes galore. The downtown core had to be evacuated because of a broken gas line that was part of LRT construction. We could go on. LRT construction became a threat to public safety.

    So sure, boondoggle. It qualifies.

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    #742248 Reply

    Kosmo

    Ken:

    Can the LRT project be considered behind schedule when we were never given a completion date?

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Actually Kosmo the original completion date was May 2018.

    Now it is when it is finished.

    Gives lie to the fact that it is on-time and on-budget.

    Why do people say stupid things like that when it is obviously not true.

    thx for this

    kgray

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    #742290 Reply

    Kosmo

    I was not aware of the completion date.

    The mayor found $10 million out of nowhere. Maybe he can find some time to use towards the LRT construction.

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