American taxpayers officially on the hook for a 1.7 mile tunnel in SF

I blogged earlier this week about the fact that San Francisco, which is broke, was trying to find $137 million so that the feds would provide it with almost $1 billion dollars in funds to build a 1.7 mile subway tunnel.  Federal money, of course, is your money.  This is not money belonging to beleaguered San Francisco taxpayers, who could move elsewhere if they no longer want to fund the madness.  This money — almost $1 billion — comes from you, the American taxpayer, no matter where you live.  There’s nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide.

Of course, had San Francisco been unable to find $137 million in its empty coffers, the feds would have kept the money to spend on some other boondoggle.  But we, the taxpayers, weren’t so lucky.  By hook and by crook, SF has located the cash:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and transportation officials say they have found the $137 million the Municipal Transportation Agency needs to secure $942 million in federal funds for the Central Subway project.

Read more here.  And if you’re a Californian, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that $106 million of that $137 million came from state bonds.  Oh, yeah!

Just so everyone is clear here, we’re talking about a $1.6 billion cost for a 1.7 mile stretch of subway — or, almost $100 million per every one-tenth of a mile to dig a long (and functional) hole in the ground.  Also, as I mentioned in my earlier post, all of this building and funding and boondoggling comes at a time when public transportation ridership in San Francisco is dropping.  Oh, yeah!

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

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  • Mike Devx

    Book says,
    > This money — almost $1 billion — comes from you, the American taxpayer, no matter where you live.  There’s nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide.
    > almost $100 million per every one-tenth of a mile
    > all of this building and funding and boondoggling comes at a time when public transportation ridership in San Francisco is dropping.

    They are truly shameless.  And one has to wonder: How in the world did New York City manage to build that extensive miles-and-miles of subway system back in the day?  There is clearly something very, very wrong here.

    And why is the national government so heavily involved?  This is purely a local, within-one-city project.  At worst, the State should be involved, not the national government.  We are out of control.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What, was this a surprise?
     
    Also, as I mentioned in my earlier post, all of this building and funding and boondoggling comes at a time when public transportation ridership in San Francisco is dropping.  Oh, yeah!
     
    They’re supplying their feudal levies and minor aristocrats with the goods in return for their absolute loyalty. When they tell them to riot or take over a building, they will do so or risk being unemployed and starving.
     
    This is how Caesar cemented the loyalty of the army. The Roman Senate got too selfish and wanted to buy up more slaves rather than pay for soldiers’ retirement benefits. So the generals themselves paid soldiers better wages and gave them benefits. Not a big surprise when said soldiers backed Caesar’s political aspirations against the Roman senate. People go with the hand that feeds them.
     
    People should not get the wrong impression here. It is not your tax monies funding such jobs and entitlement programs. It is the power of the Left taking your money that funds them. Thus the loyal cannon fodder at the bottom will follow the Left’s power, overriding the concern of the tax payer because the tax payer doesn’t matter to them and the tax payer does not have the power to cut them off.

  • SADIE

    I am rotten at math. If  someone would good enough to tell me, give or take a few dollars, what my portion of the boondoggle came out of my pocket, I’d appreciate it. Other than a ball park figure, I like toll booth concession – it is an option, isn’t it. Don’t tell me, it never occurred to the MTA to include a few.

  • SADIE

    On second thought, Ca. got a bargain price.
     
    3.5 miles $22 billion in Boston.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dig
     

  • suek

    Yeah but Sadie…that was with cost overruns.  I don’t remember the numbers, but it wasn’t supposed to be any where’s near that much to start with.  Chances are the SF one will go the same route … an easy billion or so per mile to start with, and then 5 billion (or more) when they’re done.  They start playing various games with contractors and the contractor’s connections on the city Board, and watch it climb.

  • SADIE

    but it wasn’t supposed to be any where’s near that much to start with
     
    It never is. Blueprints never include shenanigans.