Meanwhile, when BART board member Tom Radulovich was asked why he
felt BART would be loath to drop the much-maligned project, he answered
"I don't know how dumb my colleagues are. I don't think we've plumbed
BART, continued the outspoken Radulovich, gets "stuck on stupid -- we set on a course of action and continue on no matter how much the facts change."
It should be noted that Radulovich and Daly voted against the connector from the start. Radulovich was the only member of the BART board to do so.
It was BART's lack of effort in assessing the impact of the proposed connector on the poor, minority communities living near the airport that led to the Feds' dramatic step of threatening to yank stimulus money. Yet many of the complaints made by civil rights advocates about the iniquity of using federal dollars to fund an expensive airport extension while core transit services are slashed echo broader complaints that the connector is simply a lousy project that costs too damn much.
"Even my colleagues came up to me after board meetings and whispered about how 'This is a crappy project, I don't know why we're doing it.' And they voted for it," said Radulovich. "We need to go back to square one and deliver better benefits to riders for lower cost. At some point, when you find yourself in a hole, you've got to stop digging."