The Voter takes on the question of what constitutes light-rail success or failure:
This is a difficult question to answer as yes or no. What’s your definition or scale for success?
In the sense that it will be filled with people, it may be judged a success. However, are those people only there because any alternative has been removed and they have no other way to travel east of Tunney’s Pasture and west of Blair?
What is the time frame on which we’re evaluating it and are we looking at the chunk that’s being built now or the entire system that our grandchildren’s children will ride? I see you’ve specified in the question the $2B Confed line which only covers the Blair-to-Tunney’s piece but others will say you should wait to judge it until the full thing is built in all its glory.
Are we considering value-for-money? If so, our grandchildren’s children may have something to say as they will be paying for it down the road.
We should also be looking at the choices that were made or barred because of the decisions to spend the money this way. What would our bus fares be without the LRT expense? What other community programs/projects will go unfunded because the funds have been diverted to LRT?
Will it be a success? No.
Should we ride Watson, O’Brien and all their accomplices in this misadventure out of town on a rail? Yes.
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