Originally Posted by dimondpark
200,000-300,000 cars a day warrants that kind of investment.
Inflated and exaggerated ridership estimates, ticket prices and unstable funding do not warrant 68 billion dollars in spending.
Spending on highway expansion is just feeding a perpetual expansion of automobile usage. At some point, adding lanes does not work too well. We need to shift to more compact forms of rapid, medium to long distance transportation. Money, yes large amounts of money, needs to be spent NOW on setting up these other modes of transportation.
And before you respond with another jack-ass "yawn" and "oh, what trite diatribe", think hard about what it would look like for all of our major cities to have freeways 10, 12, 20, (where to stop?) lanes wide going out of them, and what having an ever-growing number of individual, internal combustion-engine vehicles spewing out pollutants would do to our environment. Even if electric autos somehow come onto the mass-market at affordable prices, you still have all that congestion and space taken up by those wide freeways.
If you still want to yawn and respond like a smart-ass, then I guess you don't give a damn about what our near-future environment will be like. You prefer, I guess to prioritize things that don't matter in the longer term, like money.