Monday, August 12, 2013

The truth comes out about the cost of transportation projects

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown let the truth slip out about how democrats and bureaucrats view government-funded capital projects.  In a comment in today's San Fransisco Chronicle about the massively over-budget Transbay-Terminal project, Brown said this:

News that the Transbay Terminal is something like $300 million over budget should not come as a shock to anyone. We always knew the initial estimate was way under the real cost. Just like we never had a real cost for the Central Subway or the Bay Bridge or any other massive construction project. So get off it. In the world of civic projects, the first budget is really just a down payment. If people knew the real cost from the start, nothing would ever be approved. The idea is to get going. Start digging a hole and make it so big, there's no alternative to coming up with the money to fill it in.
You can read more about this here.

In thinking akin with Brown's Mayor Mark Mallory and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls have recklessly plunged forward with the Streetcar project.

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