Cue the circus musicWed Sep 16, 2009 Miss Vicky
So Miss Vicky wasn't really surprised to wake up this morning to the news that the likely first phase of the "new" light rail project is going to be - wait for it - the North-South route that council threw out shortly after getting elected. Ken Gray has the whole maddening story over at the Citizen.
Why wasn't Miss Vicky surprised? Because she called it. In December 2006:
So I figured that we'd waste a few more years, and a whole lot of tax revenue, studying it only to find that we wouldn't be able to do it after all, and we'd wind up with the original plan in the end.
OK, it's not entirely accurate, 'cause we haven't written off the tunnel yet (but there's still time!). But the current paying-to-kill-a-lawsuit-while-asking-for-funding-for-the-same-project debacle adds a whole new infuriating angle, doesn't it?
What's that I said in 2006? Oh, yeah:
Does anyone else hear the circus music soundtrack playing? Funny, I could have sworn....
And I am more convinced than ever that
we might have light rail by the time Gordon graduates from high school. If we're lucky.
UPDATE: David Reevely points out that it's not exactly a revival of the original proposal. True. But it still makes North-South a focus of phase one of the project, which was the reason many opposed the original plan. There's never going to be a perfect light rail project, because so many folks have differing priorities and visions. But had we not killed it, we'd be so much further ahead for so much less money. That's what's got that circus music reeling through Miss Vicky' head tonight.