Sunday, June 17, 2007

Could we possibly be this lucky?

This sounds way cool: a light rail transit system connecting Kanata, Orleans and Barrhaven to downtown Ottawa, with extensions to outlying towns like Smiths Falls and Alexandria -- only three years from now. Future extension with more lines, both in-city and to additional exurbs, powered at least partially electrically.

My customary cynicism predicts: the price-tag will be around a billion dollars; city council will dither over the cost, the routes, the need, the colour of the frigging coaches; in the 2009 municipal election, just as it was in 2006, it will be a political football; and three years from now we will still have sweet fanny adams except for owing twice as much for renegging on implementation contracts.

Someone, please tell me a good reason why I'm wrong.



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