In the quest to make downtown Boise the most “unfriendly car city” in America, Boise’s Team Dave has come up with, would you believe yet another…TROLLEY CIRCULATOR plan.
Boise claims they can get 950 riders a day for $1 each. The price tags is only $111 million for a “T shaped line with a crossing at the new underground bus depot. They also estimate an operating cost of $3.3 million a year.
Sooo, the GUARDIAN notes a good nat gas bus costs about $500,000. For the $111,000,000 the city proposes for a trolley we can purchase 220 buses!
If it takes half an hour to run the T-route, that means we can launch 440 buses per hour–one every 13 seconds.
But wait! There’s more. At a cost of $3.3 million a year in operating expenses and a generous 365,000 passengers per year, each ride will cost only $9.
Bieter was quoted in the WEEKLY saying, “Some of you weren’t here when we went down this road,” referring to the failed 2008 effort to land federal funding from the then-new Obama administration to help spur a streetcar system with an east/west downtown route.
“We learned a lot from that,” said Bieter. “The integrity of this process is so important. We’ve been meeting with Boise State, St. Luke’s, Simplot, the Gardner Co., Idaho Power, a number of stakeholders, and they tell us they’re happy with how we’ve gone about this. The tough part of our job is help measure expectations to get something meaningful done.”
There are no doubt “stakeholders” in West Boise, motorists, taxpayers, and some fiscal conservatives who have expectations which differ from BSU, Gardner, and St. Luke’s. They also view “integrity of the process” differently.
Finally, the city fathers and mothers need to read about STREET CARS from NPR.
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