Comment 46965

By Brioski8 (registered) | Posted September 01, 2010 at 09:40:04

Just want to add a few points. I recall that the original plan over 25 - 30yrs was to implement BRT in the 2010 - 2020 time frame and then convert the Right of Way to Rail sometime in the future while building A-Line BRT to the airport.

I think it's essential that everyone be aware of inertia. I'm not sure if I'll be able to explain this concept very well. Basicaly, it's very hard to change how a large funcitoning piece of infrastructure operates. Once something is built, enthusiasm for changing that thing wanes very quickly, the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mentality kicks in and its very hard to build a case for making expensive improvements.

I am 30 years old right now and I think that if BRT were to be built by 2015 I would expect that we would still be using a BRT system when I retire at 65. I think most of us underestimate how difficult it will be to drum up the political will and public support in 2025 to change a rapid transit line that is functioning just fine especially considering we just spent ~300 Million building the damn thing 10 years before.

If you support building a BRT line with a phase-in of LRT in the future, I hope you will consider that you will most likely not live long enought to ride that train in the future.

For this reason alone, I still support building LRT instead of BRT.

Comment edited by Brioski8 on 2010-09-01 08:41:08

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