Hyperloop Halloween Five: Boston Vs Denver Transit Planning

Hyperloop Halloween Part Five: Boston vs Denver’s Goals for Transit Improvement

News that the Mayor of Boston is going to work on investing in rapid transit.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/10/22/patrick-announces-major-transportation-projects/Yy7o1rPiKEMzAlUsWgSEjJ/story.html

“BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is announcing a series of major transportation infrastructure investments that include new cars on the subway and open-road tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Patrick is scheduled to make the announcements Tuesday during an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick says the investment will stimulate economic growth and opportunity for commuters, residents and businesses, enhance accessibility, and ease traffic and congestion.

The governor says the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will launch a $1.3 billion procurement program to replace and increase the capacity of the Red Line and Orange Line trains.”

Im sure the development of the hyperloop will be costly but… not nearly $1.3 billion…

Then an editorial in the Denver Post surprised me.  http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_24267968/sobering-figures-rtd-northwest-rail-study

“The numbers are startling.

It would cost the Regional Transportation District half as much money to start up nearly 100 miles of enhanced bus service in the northern suburbs as it would to build 11 miles of light rail from Westminster to Broomfield.

That is a preliminary finding, as reported by The Denter Post’s Monte Whaley, from the Northwest Area Mobility Study, an effort by RTD to weigh its options when it became clear it would take 30 years to build the Northwest Rail Line from Denver to Longmont with current revenues.

Read more: Sobering figures in RTD Northwest rail study – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_24267968/sobering-figures-rtd-northwest-rail-study#ixzz2iSi9eamk”

Well both studies in transport will be scrutinized but I think the Mayors of the cities that the hyperloop will go though as well as the state Governor, should take a leading role in implementing any transit project. The Hyperloop could perhaps be solely a Governor  backed project. Having the Executive branch lead the high quality public transportation system along the Front Range Urban Corridor just makes sense.

But in the end, the Denver Post editorial ends on:

“We’ve said before we want folks in the northern suburbs to get the rail they were promised if possible, and we have been open to the idea of an additional, metrowide sales tax to finish the job.

Another solution could be a statewide tax issue for transportation, preferably user fees like fuel taxes to pay for roads and transit.

But we also agree we can’t have the Northwest Line at any cost.

Read more: Sobering figures in RTD Northwest rail study – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_24267968/sobering-figures-rtd-northwest-rail-study#ixzz2iSlzCXiV “

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