ruminations about architecture and design

Saturday, December 17, 2016

transportation costs in perspective

According to a recent story in the Boston Globe, the MBTA is facing criticism for granting a 285 million dollar, no-bid contract extension to China Rolling Stock for an additional 134 Red Line trains. The company currently has a contract to replace most of the Red Line cars in service for nearly 600 million dollars.

That type of money doesn't go far these days. In fact, 285 million buck will not even buy you three F-35 fighter jets. Some staff members of towers of ilium rely on the Red Line every day and would keenly appreciate a modest investment in their transportation system. If the deal goes through we should hope that the new trains are safer and more reliable than these junk airplanes.

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