MTC staff ran the math and realized SMART were peddling Greenhouse Gas reductions based on ridership assuming:
- every train was packed full (with as many standing as could fit)
- they were packed the length of the line
- all 22 trains per day were packed
Essentially the MTC is calling them liars because they use train capacity vs. realistic ridership projections. The "train to nowhere" is along a sparsely populated corridor with few businesses to support large movements of people. Commuter rail is only economically feasible in highly dense urban corridors like New York City.
But they have a billion dollars of our Cap and Trade tax money to spend.....
Very informative clip on the real politics at the MTC and Plan Bay Area.
We must Save Marin Again!