Thursday, September 01, 2016

Today is great day for Santa Monica motorists, because today is the day we welcome back the California Incline, the historic bridge thats links Pacific Coast Highway and Downtown Santa Monica. The 1930s-era roadway had been closed since April of 2014 so it could be totally rebuilt.

The new California Incline is bigger and better. As part of the upgrade, the street was widened by more than five feet and a 16-foot wide protected lane was installed for bikes and foot traffic. In addition, a brand new spiraling pedestrian bridge was added over the top...


Cognition problem

brussels cognitive dissonance

From the Augean Stables:

Liberal Cognitive Egocentrists, unable to imagine an enemy who defies all their paradgim's expectations, when faced with discomfiting evidence shift rapidly to blaming their own "right-wing" for making things worse. It's the reason that the "clash of civilizations" has been internalized between right and left with the Jihadis getting off the hook, while the real problem goes undiagnosed.


John Pritchett

Randal O'Toole has the latest on Honolulu's boondoggle:

The Federal Transit Administration has informed Honolulu Area Rapid Transit (HART) that it will not help cover cost overruns associated with the agency’s 20-mile rail line. The project was originally supposed to cost about $5.1 billion, which was already ridiculously expensive, but now is projected to cost at least $8 billion and possibly as much as $11 billion.

The FTA has a long-standing policy that it won’t help cover cost overruns (a policy that is sometimes overturned by Congress). But in this case, the FTA has added a new twist. In light of the cost overruns, HART has proposed to build just part of the project, leaving uncompleted the five miles of the line that would have attracted the most riders. But the FTA says that, in that case, it won’t be giving HART $1.55 billion that the agency is counting on. That means HART won’t even be able to complete the part of the project that it planned...

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