Quick Rail Boondoggle Update
by Panos Prevedouros, PhD, FixOahu! Nov 18, 2022
Rail boondoggles seem to multiply in the US.
Honolulu rail is not alone at starting at under $5B in 2021, and surpassing $10B in 2020 with no ending in cost escalation, no opening date and continuously revealed construction problems (i.e., hammerhead pillar cracks) and operational problems (i.e., track switching "frogs.")
Now Austin's rail which started at $5.8B has surpassed $10.3B while mostly incomplete.
The pseudo high speed California HSR has surpassed $100B and is nowhere near Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Furthermore, "transit agencies nationwide are taking in less farebox revenue, with agencies recovering, on average, just 12.8 cents for every dollar they spent on operations in 2021, down from 32.3 cents in 2019." [Planetizen]
This indicates a much lower utilization and much higher resource consumption and pollution per passenger mile.
Let's build and expand more of these losers, shall we?