Those claims are misguided and not based in factual information.
Read or listen to news reports regarding the report:
- Post Gazette Editorial (Aug. 6): Hatchet Job: A Political Report Mischaracterizes the T Extension
- Newsweek (Aug. 5): How Wasteful is the Stimulus Spending, Really?
- Brian O'Neill in the Post-Gazette (Aug. 5): Subway Tunnel is Hardly a Money Pit
- Post Gazette's Jon Schmitz (Aug. 4): GOP Senators' Report Calls North Shore Connector a Monumental Waste
- KDKA Morning News - 1020 AM (Aug. 4): What Does the GOP Have Against the North Shore Extension (podcast)
The jobs include both full-time and part-time employment and occur within various phases of the project, from design through construction. It includes suppliers of materials and equipment, construction, design and engineering.
And, describing the North Shore as "nowhere" simply is not the reality.
When local leaders first proposed extending the T to the North Shore, the area mostly was covered with parking lots. Leaders envisioned developing the area - beyond construction of PNC Park and Heinz Field. They asked Port Authority to oversee construction of the transit project.
Today, that vision is being realized. The list of major destinations that would be served by the T is growing and includes:
- Del Monte
- Equitable Resources
- Carnegie Science Center (700,000 annual visitors)
- PNC Park (1.75 million annual fans)
- Heinz Field (500,000 annual fans, excluding concerts)
- New hotels
- An amphitheater - under construction
- Community College of Allegheny County (7,200 students)
- Rivers Casino
- Andy Warhol Museum (90,000 annual visitors)
- Several other entertainment, corporate and retail locations