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Boondoggles

August 28, 2019, 10am PDT
A ride-hailing company that lost $5.2 billion in one quarter wants to launch a flying taxi service. According to this op-ed, cities should concentrate on expanding existing public transit systems instead of wasting time and money on pipe dreams.
Streetsblog USA
June 18, 2019, 2pm PDT
Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG have released the fifth edition of its Highway Boondoggles report.
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
June 9, 2019, 7am PDT
Advocates are relieved Elon Musk's proposal to build a new subterranean connection to O'Hare is dead, but still disappointed at the wasted brainpower and public funding devoted to the idea.
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2018, 10am PDT
In a new report, U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group describe nine costly highway projects amounting to $30 billion in their fourth annual "Highway Boondoggles" report. All share the theme of induced travel demand.
Frontier Group
April 20, 2017, 12pm PDT
A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Frontier Group indicates that highway boondoggles have been getting bigger, more costly, with the benefits more limited. Nine projects are analyzed in "Highway Boondoggles 3."
Illinois PIRG
February 3, 2016, 9am PST
The only major candidate, Democrat or Republican, to call for an end to the contentious ethanol mandate won the Republican caucus, clearly beating Donald Trump. That could doom what many even in Iowa, among even some farmers, call a boondoggle.
The New York Times - Politics
January 19, 2016, 2pm PST
A new report by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group identifies the highway projects most likely to break the transportation funding bank.
Frontier Group
February 10, 2015, 7am PST
Journalist Kathleen Sharp, whose great-grandfather worked on the transcontinental railroad, draws comparisons between that epic achievement and the construction of California's high speed rail in this New York Times op-ed.
The New York Times - Opinion
December 1, 2014, 7am PST
Depending upon which Bay Area newspaper you read, the new 3.2-mile Oakland Airport connector, an elevated, driverless tram that takes eight minutes and costs $6, is either a huge success or a $484 million boondoggle. It began service on November 22.
San Francisco Examiner
July 29, 2014, 10am PDT
Jim Epstein suggests that Detroit's new light rail line is America's largest boondoggle; Matthew Yglesias argues that that ignominy belongs to Washington D.C.'s planned streetcar.
Reason
July 15, 2014, 1pm PDT
A writer laments the lack of return on investment reflected by a state DOT's decision to fund a highway-widening project for $20 million that will serve 1,100 daily car trips.
Streets MN