Originally Posted by CaptainKirk
All public transit requires subsidy. That's why they're public. Just like roads.
That was my point. Roads, sewers and water are all public infrastructure just like building an LRT. Both will need continued maintenance and expeditures. The difference is the infrastructure for the aerotropolis will only be built as needed, if needed. The LRT on the other hand will be an ongoing expense whether people use it or not, because it will be part of the infrastructure in whole from the start.
They have already said in the studies that the people that are currently using buses will be the same people using LRT. There is no guarantee that ridership will increase, yet the advocates are still willing to spend a billion building it and millions per year supporting it for a generation or more.
If people are going to demand guarantees for the airport lands before we proceed there they we should also demand that the LRT be held to the same standard.