It probably has more to do with him being the transit equivalent of that pissed off housewife that shows up at every community consultation meeting going on about how whatever it is will upset her cats. At the end of the day, who the hell are they? I'm not trying to slag him, but he isn't a professional transport planner or engineer. He really isn't qualified to manage any kind of transit project. Its easy to write a blog about how this or that is great/awful but it's really just armchair. It's quite different to try controlling costs on a megaproject no matter how many times the word 'grassroots' is thrown around.
Originally Posted by LowerBay
More substantially, I don't buy this argument some people have that Steve Munro is all of a sudden a fan of the DRL. Outside of the blogosphere, decisions have to be made in the context of other decisions. In other words, you can't boost a multi billion dollar transit megaproject consisting of running trams to the middle of nowhere while purposefully ignoring (in my view, at least) a far more important projects (the DRL) and claim to be for the DRL. You can, but we just had a transit spending bonanza and I never heard him saying 'wait a minute, maybe the DRL is more important than x,y,z', so why didn't he say it then? I am a fan of Ferraris, but if I spend all of my money on something else does it really matter what I think?
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