We saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth this weekend. I had actually already read the book, and was curious to see his Apple Keynote based presentation, just to see what state of the art is in presentations (not a bullet-point to be seen), as well of course to be warned that the world as we know it is coming to an end, and if I do nothing, it is my own damn fault. The movie basically stars Keynote, with Al Gore as a supporting actor.
From today’s newspaper: Concrete collapses in Boston tunnel, killing 1.
Clearly there have been a number of problems with this megaproject. At what point do projects become too big to successfully manage?
According to an editorial by Michael Dukakis, L.A.-S.F. train is a quick traffic fix – Los Angeles Times, California should build a high-speed rail line to reduce urban congestion. Clearly the former governor has never heard of opportunity costs . Spending money on intercity transportation means the money cannot be spent to solve real problems within metropolitan areas, where the traffic is.
From SFGate SFO / BART ridership to airport fails to take off.
This is consistent with a lot of research on megaprojects. See e.g. Pickrell “A Desire Named Streetcar: Fantasy and Fact in Rail Transit Planning”. Journal of the American Planning Association 58(2):159-176,
and Flyvbjerg Megaprojects and Risk
Ken Avidor has written an obituary for Personal Rapid Transit, at least in Minnesota: End of an era for Personal Rapid Transit | Twin Cities Daily Planet.
From today’s Strib: Met Council vote embraces light rail for St. Paul central corridor.
Is the Central Corridor Light Rail a good or bad investment?