Via a reader, comes this update on the link from Phoenix's new light rail line to the airport:
Down the line, Sky Harbor plans to phase out shuttles.
Eventually, an automated train will take passengers around the airport. The project will cover 4.8 miles and will cost $1.1 billion.
Construction on the project began this year, and the first phase is scheduled to open in 2013.
The entire system will be up by 2020, Sky Harbor officials say.
I beg your pardon? $1.1 Billion. With a B? For 4.8 miles? That is, as the title implies, $3,617 per inch. It is probably so expensive because they will be working at the blistering pace of 1/3 mile per year, or about 5 feet per day.
Some Valley residents have questioned the reason Phoenix and transit officials didn't build one train system - light rail - with several stations at Sky Harbor.
Transit leaders considered that, but they decided against it, light-rail officials have said.
Running the line through Sky Harbor would have made light rail even more expensive.
Because, you know, if the Sky Harbor extension is an entirely different project that has to be funded later to make up an obvious service gap that everyone and his dog can immediately spot in the system, then the cost doesn't count?