Originally Posted by alexjon
Hasn't the Pearl District basically proved a lot of people wrong? Or are people still toting that same old saw of "it's public subsidy that drove development"?
And can you give me detailed stats on those "lot[s] of people"? Still finding it hard to believe that so many people think buses are magic.
Well for the first point, the Pearl was heavy into development and investment long before the streetcar was going anywhere, and a lot of Pearl development has been outside of the streetcar corridor.
But to your second point... I'm not sure what you're trying to argue. It's not an opinion, it's a fact. Busses move more people, and they move them faster as well. Busses are changeable and ungradeable while streetcar... not so much.
Those are not opinions, those are facts upon which the opinions that a streetcar is a waste of money are based.
I would prefer they expand the busses and then invest in a Powell Blvd MAX line, instead of spending money on a streetcar that will cost well over $10,000 per passenger the year if finally gets completed.