How much will all of this cost?

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Moving how many people for HOW MUCH?

Never mind the half-million dollars of somebody’s tax dollars that went into the 12-page MPO tax referendum advocacy piece From Vision to Realty, there is one line in it that says: 

 “The projects we estimate as affordable will cost $12 billion to build. While that cost seems high, it will be paid for over a 25-year period, spreading the cost over time.” 

My limited skill with arithmetic tells me that this will cost $480 million each year. Plus, if this is only the cost to “build”, how much are the added costs of operation and maintenance? 

What about capital replacement/upgrade costs of track, rolling stock and stations when they reach the end of their useful life?

This is a tax burden we cannot afford at this time.


<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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