Even the scaled down CottonbeltĀ proposal that DART staff will present to the board tonight still endangers DART’s bond rating continues to miss the point about what the priority of a project like the Cottonbelt should be. If it should be built, which is not a settled question at all, it should be when the ridership demand is much higher and when the community opposition is much lower. If the feds, the transit-loving feds, won’t finance even part of your project, it’s because they think it’s a dog. We need to take the hint on Cottonbelt, finish a subterranean D2 on an expedited basis, and then watch how much faster we qualify for money for projects like the Cottonbelt once system performance improves.


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