Austin: Dumb

They did the math for us on the radio show today:

In the year 2030 in a city of over a million inhabitants,
Expected ridership is projected to be 20,000 boardings (not riders, just the number of people getting on.  This is 10,000 commuters going back and forth, for example)
On a train that goes NINE (9) miles
That will cost $1.4 BILLION.
That’s the plan. Seriously. Coming soon to a ballot near you.

Because your city council thinks it is cool to try to be like New York or Seattle, but on a small scale, at huge taxpayer expense.  Not to mention the $400 MILLION six-story library you are building.

This lovely bit of math came just a couple of days after I got the opportunity to sit for two-and-a-half minutes at a train crossing while cars backed up just over a third of a mile behind me.  For a train that was still sitting at the station, so far out of down the track it was out of sight.  Note: it is technically *possible* to have the crossing arms lower as the train comes near.  It is also possible to have the crossing arms lower as the train doors are closing, or as the train begins to leave the station.  They really don’t accelerate exactly like a Maserati, you know.  So I had plenty of time to set get out the camera for this shot:

Two cars. A retard train, like the short bus we used to make fun of as kids. And traffic is backed up three lanes wide for 600 meters.

Thanks, Austin. You suck. Statistically everyone drives cars, so let’s make life hard on the car drivers. I can hardly wait until the 10+1 city council comes in to office.


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