We have repeatedly stated that we support the streetcar, no matter how much it costs. This endorsement includes both unlimited capital costs and unlimited operating costs. The more money we can spend on streetcars, the better. It's just taxpayer money, and there's always more where that comes from.
Just consider how much these costs have escalated since November 2011:
The total amount of the entire streetcar project is estimated at $95 million, and $2.5 million a year to operate.
In reality, the streetcar project is currently projected to cost $148-$149 million with annual operating expenses as high as $4.7 million. That's expert planning at work. And we can't wait to do this again with the next streetcar line.