When it comes to building big transportation projects on time and on budget, the Bay Area has a miserable track record.
In 1998, Caltrans estimated that a new eastern span of the Bay Bridge would cost $1.4 billion and take four years to build. The actual cost was $6.4 billion; plagued by design controversies, brittle steel rods and more, the project lasted 11 years.
The Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco cost nearly twice as much as its initial budget and opened two years behind schedule — then had to close for another nine months to repair cracked steel beams that were not built to code.
Construction has not yet begun on the project extending BART service through downtown San Jose, but its price tag has risen twice over the last three years, to $6.9 billion, while its projected opening date has slipped by three to four years.
And earlier this month, Caltrain officials announced their work to electrify the railroad’s Peninsula corridor would take two years longer than expected at an extra cost of more than $300 million.
Now, with lawmakers in Washington announcing a deal for a huge increase in federal infrastructure spending, and officials in the Bay Area eyeing the next big round of “mega-projects” — including a second transbay BART tube, the extension of Caltrain service into downtown San Francisco and a long list of other plans that by one estimate could total $100 billion — there is mounting pressure to get our act together.
“We cannot afford to build $100 billion worth of new mega-projects without doing something differently,” said Laura Tolkoff, transportation policy director for the urban planning think tank SPUR.
SPUR and the Bay Area Council, a business group, have each released proposals in recent months that aim to speed up construction and present a more accurate sense of what projects will cost. Gwen Litvak, the council’s senior vice president of public policy, said reforms will be necessary if Bay Area leaders want the public to support future projects.
“Voters are smart — they remember if you said this was going to get done in five years and it’s taken 15,” Litvak said.
2-year-old found dead inside car in North Carolina
Child found in car at Industrial Fabricators, Inc. in Gaston County
Updated: 8:09 AM EDT Jun 25, 2021
COMING UP. DESTY:IN RIGHT NOW, AN URGENT SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS. NEARLY 100 PEOPLE ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR AFTER A PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE OF A CONDO IN SURFSIDE, FLORID PATRICK: THIIS TS HE MOMENT 12 STORIES CAME CRASHING DOWN, AT ABOUT 1:30 YESTERDAY MORNING, AS PEOPLE WERE SLEEPING. OFFICIALS HAVE CONFIRMED ONE PERSON WAS KILD.LE RESCUERS HAVE BEEN WORKINGOR F MORE THAN A DAY TO FIND EVERYONE WHO WAS IN THE BUILDING. THEY HAVE FOUND MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PEOP.LE OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED THE COLLAPSE, BUT ARE FOCUSED ON REACHING SURVIVORS RST.FI DESTINY: THERI DVER WAS KILLED ON A GUSTER ROAD. PATRICK: IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:00 LAST NIGHT. THE DRIVER WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. THE 17-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER WAS BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. THEIR CONDITION IS UNKNOWN. DESTINY: BREAKG INNEWS OUT OF GAFFNEY, POLICE SAY 2 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT. IT HAPPENED AT AROUND 10:15 LAST NIGHT ON LIMESTONE STREET. POLICE SAY BOTH PEOPLE WERE AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL. WE WILL UPDATE YOU ON AIR AND ONLINE AS WE LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. PATRICK: RIGHT NOW IN THE UPSTATE, A CLEMSON UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE WHO IS INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED AND DIABETIC IS MISSG.IN OCONEE COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY JAMES ROACH WENT MISSING FROM THE TRIBBLE CENTER IN SENECA. THEY SAYE HDID NOT REPORT FOR HIS JOB AT CLEMSON. ROACH WAS LAST SEEN AT ABOUT 11:30 YESTERDAY MORNING WEINAR BLUE JEAN SHORTS. OFFICIALS SAY HE MAY POSSIBLY BE PULLING A RED WAN.GO IF YOU SEE HIM, CONTACT THE OCONEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. HAPPENING TODAY, DEREK CHAUVIN WILL LEARN HOW LONG HE’LL SPEND IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLO.YD DESTINY: PROSECUTORS ARE ASKING FOR 30 YEARS WHILE THE DEFENSE IS SEEKING ONLY PROBATION. CHAUVIN WAS CONVICTED OF SECDON DEGREE MURDER IN APRIL FOR KNEELING ON FLOYD’S NECK FOR MORE THAN NINE MINUTES. THREE OTHER FORMER OFFICERS WILL GO ON TRIAL NEXT YEAR. COMING UP TONODAY, CRAIG MELVIN WILL BE LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS. HE ALSO SPOKE WITH THE FLOYD FAMILY AND THEIR ATTORNEY. FULL COVERAGE OF CHAUVIN’S SENTENCING AHEAD ON TOY. PATRICK: AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL HAS BEEN REACHED IN WASHINGTON. DEINST JARRED HILL IS IN WASHINGTON WITH THE DETAILS. REPORTER: THIS COD BE THE FIRST BIG BIPARTISAN WHEN FOR EJO BIDEN, SOMETHING HE CAMPAIGNED ON. IT IS COMING WITH A CAVEAT. AFTER MONT OFHS ROADBLOCKS, THIS MORNGIN, COMING IN AT $1.2 TRILLION, THE BIPARTISAN FRAMEWORK SPESND UNCONVENTIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH BILLIONS FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND BROADBAND. MORE CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND LINES TO DELIVER ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR AND WIND. >>D WIND. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR A LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE FOR DECADES. TODAY, WE ARE DELIVERING. REPORTER: MORE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS SAY IT IS NOT ENOUGH. >> PALTRY, PATHETIC. IT HASO T BE COMBINED WHIT A SECOND MUCH MORE ROBUST
If you’re committed to buying American when shopping for a new car, better get yourself a Tesla.
Elon Musk’s EV company has been declared the “most American” automaker according to Cars.com’s long-running American-Made Index, marking the first time that an electric car brand has come out on top in the list’s 16-year history.
While the auto website doesn’t reveal its exact methodology in ranking each 2021 make and model, the five factors they account for are location of final assembly, percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, engine’s country of origin, transmission’s country of origin, and the U.S. workforce involved in assembly.
Specifically, the Tesla Model 3 claimed the No. 1 spot, followed by the Ford Mustang, Tesla Model Y, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Corvette. See the top 20 here:
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Drive reports that the lowest-ranked models include both foreign marques like Nissan, Toyota and Honda in the bottom five and domestics like the Ram 1500 at No. 89 and and the GMC Sierra 1500 at No. 80.
But it would be wrong to even the the last-place model, the Honda Civic, an “un-American” car—there are 254 other models sold in the U.S. that didn’t even make the list at all.