Monday’s OCTA Board decision to “continue studying and planning the [Anaheim] streetcar proposal, with a warning to get the costs down” (per Tuesday’s Register story, outside Paywall here) underscores the political quality of the Board’s leadership and composition, its process of consensus vs. common sense decision making, its ignorance of simple technical concepts and a considerable lack of fiscal responsibility by not acknowledging that Anaheim’s $319 million streetcar project is unnecessary, unjustified, REDUNDANT to two existing bus systems and an absurd waste of Measure M tax money.
Hausdorfer/Mittemeier Firm Wins $60M OCTA Project
Irvine-based toll road operator Cofiroute USA has signed a $60 million, five-year contract to provide management services for a 10-mile stretch on the Riverside (91) Freeway once an expansion is completed in 2017. The segment—dubbed the 91 Express Lanes—runs from the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway to the Riverside County line. Construction is set to start late this year and add toll lanes, regular lanes and connectors, along with improving bridges and ramps. Continue reading
The latest turd in former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle’s punchbowl landed last week with the release of Reason Foundation‘s newest study on California High-Speed Rail: An Updated Due Diligence Report. We covered the Press Release in an earlier post.
Reason’s been following the correctly tagged “Browndoggle“ for years, covering in detail the lies, fabrications, illegalities and just plain fantastic projections for ridership, pricing and even profit that this politically-contrived union-job generator has deceitfully been reporting to us since Proposition 1A was passed in 2008.
Five years later, there’s (thankfully) still no tracks, no trains, no non-stop 220mph, 160 minute, sub-$100 rides to San Francisco — but there is a bloated CHSRA organization that’s just recently asked for even more money to combat the growing legal challenges that endeavor to stop it. Continue reading
Lurking in the back of the OCTA‘s Measure M
Wasteful Boondoggles Projects File is another streetcar project in Santa Ana. It’s not as expensive (for now) as the $319 million debacle that’s been cooked up in Anaheim by the City Council and the Toontown Troika of SOAR, the OC Business Council and Master of the Universe Curt Pringle’s team of lackeys, but it’s just as big a turkey, and just as redundant to existing bus systems. The Register reports today (don’t worry about the paywall) that so far it’s coming in at a minor $209 million even though it’s longer and has five times more stops than the Murray/Eastman Express.
From Lou Gonzales’ story, there are some absolutely priceless quotes from a clueless, in-the-dark City Councilman and his colleague, Michele Martinez, a failed Mayoral candidate:
One of the most respected transportation and urban planning analysts in the country, the Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole has blogged about yet another city streetcar system that’s bound to fail. With consequences similar to what O’Toole has written about Portland and Detroit, here are some excerpts from Sacramento Streetcar Scam today:
One of the country’s smartest and most honest analysts on transit and light rail is Randal O’Toole. Mr. O’Toole’s been associated with the Cato Institute for almost 20 years and per his Wikipedia bio focuses “on private land rights, particularly against public land use regulations and light rail.” His research and writing illustrates the folly and terribly bad decision that the OCTA and city of Anaheim have made in approving a $319 million streetcar system to connect their Convention Center, a station near (but not at or in) Disneyland to the new $184 million ARTIC train station — totally, a $503 million unjustifiable RISK to connect Disney patrons and conventioneers to the California High-Speed Rail system that’s simply not coming to Anaheim. Continue reading