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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tunnel vision

Can we have a little common sense here?
The state set aside $29 million last week to design a subway tunnel under downtown Boston that planners concede they cannot afford to build - either now or any time in the next two decades.
The Blue Line-Red Line connector may be a smart idea and it may be worthwhile. But the idea of committing $29 million today to plan a project that won't be get funded before 2030 is sheer insanity.

Something like spending $46 million to plan to Silver Line tunnel that won't get built at all.

Exactly how much of the MBTA fare increase could be trimmed if we got that $75 million redirected?

It doesn't have to be this way. The parties that negotiated the agreement that made sense at the time could go back to the table and talk again.

But that would be too easy.

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Blogger Chris Rich said...

This is interesting OL, it may be a form of 'study graft'. Let's say you're a high up official at MBTA and you have pals who run a study shop.

Maybe you worked with them before Mutt Romney gave you a job with a weird early termination clause.

Wouldn't you be the hero among your former colleagues if you found ways to slide em cool millions to do studies on Tunnels to Nowhere?

July 23, 2009 7:27 AM  

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