The OAK Airport Connector. You keep hearing about it and don’t want to keep hearing about it. Join the club.
Well, it is a huge waste of our taxpayer money so you will keep hearing about it from me until MTC+BART-CoO cancel it and build the best alternative possible.
We know what the best alternative is. We know that the best alternative costs 1/5 the $0.522 Ba-hillion OAC. We know that only $25MM out of that $0.522 will be “lost” if the OAC is not built.
- AirBART Bus photo by LAW
We ALL know that the OAC will not provide up to “15,000 jobs.” BART Board: STOP LYING. This is a huge waste of money — stop trying to play out your fantasies from 1989 and bury this make-work project. Now.
The ONLY Oakland politician supporting this lame project is do-nothing Dellums. Go figure.
And on his twitter account updated 2 hours ago, the link to his “letter” in support of the OAC does not even work:
The page /storage/pdf/100609_mrd_letter_oac.pdf could not be located on this website.
Mayor Dellums, why do you support the OAC? Are you getting kickbacks for this? You want the short-term glory of a short-term jobs boost with Absolutely No Long-term Jobs potential? No follow-on economic development?
BART’s reporting to the Feds says the project provides 689 short-term construction jobs. Hurrah. Far cry from the “15,000” jobs advertised by BART director Kerry Hamill. BART’s Board of Directors is really out of its gourd.
Why not lie further, OAC backers, and claim 50,000 jobs created? Fanatics know that the bigger and more persistently you LIE, even more gullible people will believe you. That is how Hitler got his start, how Karl Rove operates and how our “leaders” in DC and NYC told us that “without bank bailouts for their $billions in risky loan mistakes and attendant bonuses, the banks would fail, the country would implode and millions of jobs would be lost.”
We all know how that turned out. 14 million Americans officially unemployed, with more daily.
The banks — BofA, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Chase-JPMorgan, GoldManSacks — were and are too greedy to fail. This OAC-BART boondoggle is also too greedy to fail. We, the people of Oakland and the SF Bay Area do not want one red cent wasted on a 27 mile-per-hour air “train” that doesn’t even get us to Terminal 1.
OAC = BTN. Bridge to Nowhere.