Regional Plan Association calls for massive rail expansions

That, plus the expense — the RPA concedes that without changing the way transit organizations bid for projects, it will be cost-prohibitive — makes the latest project seem like wishful thinking, but its leaders are confident. Wright said both the public and political leaders are seeing “cracks in the system” and recognize that something has to be done.

“You‘ve got competition now from the Ubers and Lyfts and others, and people are now used to connectivity, communication and other things in much different ways; and that‘s changing their expectations,” he said.

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