'Whole story' on rail should answer these questions

2014-06-16T00:00:00Z 'Whole story' on rail should answer these questionsBy Curtis Weimer nwitimes.com
June 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Too bad the "whole story" about the South Shore expansion didn't tell the other side of the story.

How many of the 12,000 present riders live in the expansion area, making no immediate increase in ridership at all? How long will it take to actually increase ridership by another 8,000, which is also just a guess?

How much will it cost each year to operate the new section above the $1.1 billion to build it? And then, how much of the yearly cost is covered by fares and how much will be paid as subsidy by the taxpayers forever?

When these questions are answered, we may have the "whole story."

- Curtis Weimer, Valparaiso

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