Broadcast Reply Glenn A. Walsh
To Editorials of
KQV President & GM
Robert W. Dickey: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Rapid Transit Internet Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
Extension Project 2005 June 24
I wish to reply to Bob Dickey's editorials regarding the "
Connector" rapid transit project.
First, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate KQV on 30 years
of all-news radio. I have been listening for the entire 30 years, and
I hope to be listening for, at least, another 30 years.
Yes, the construction cost of the
Connector rapid transit North Shore
project is high. But it must be remembered that such capital projects
are built, not just for the people living today, but for people of the
So long as these tunnels are built well, and maintained properly
through the years, there is no reason these tunnels should not last,
at least, 50 to 75 years without a major overhaul. When you divide the
project cost by the number of people who will use this transit
extension within the next 50-75 years, this enhanced public transit
system is certainly a wise investment of public funds for today--and
for the future!
Now, I certainly agree that this transit extension would not be as
valuable to the public, if it only stops at the
. North Shore
Regrettably, the high cost of these public improvement projects
necessitates them being built in stages.
However, once the
Connector rapid transit project is North Shore
completed, plans should be made and funding sought for extensions of
this rapid transit system into the neighborhoods of the North Side and
. Without eventual extensions to serve the people in the Ohio Valley
neighborhoods, then I would agree that the value of the current
project is tremendously diminished.