We are often told that Oregonians are more enlightened than the rest of us. So the report that "Poll finds Tigard residents prefer widening Oregon 99W to adding light rail" cannot be true (H/T The American Dream Communicator).
It's really a very old story. Public transit is best for other people. And this is why many more others should be obliged to pay for it. True believers have no trouble with this, just as they have no trouble dismissing inconvenient questions on climate change.
But the recent urban rail line additions have been much less costly than the planned high speed rail projects. "Kick it up a notch" as they say. At least on the cost side.