Try, try again. It’s a nice motto if you talking about personal growth. It’s a different story when you’re talking about using other people’s money to pursue projects that have a long record of failure. And so, even as the Gold Line passes the one year mark registering ridership way below projections, LA proceeds with a Gold Line extension and an even longer light rail wish list. Light rail accounts for over one-third of the money that would be spent on this $9 billion transportation project “top 10” list. Of course this isn’t just an LA fad: Studies have shown that light rail in Santa Clara County costs more and is among the slowest of any comparable system in the country. Still, millions are being invested in a line to Campbell that will open in 2006, and studies are under way to extend trains to Eastridge Shopping Center and down Capitol Expressway to Highway 87.
Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.