If you have a plan and you want it to be a good plan, don't crap it up with lousy ideas.
Don't say, "I want to commute from point A to point B but have vacation spots throughout."
Federal money (FTA alternatives analysis) requires alternatives, not crap. The Gateway Corridor shouldn't have to say, "The reason we are talking about these ideas is to get the federal money." When they say that, the ideas aren't real alternatives, they're just bullshit.
"We have three ideas, do nothing, build a straight-line commuter route (either bus or train), or build a zig-zagging route for those who like dot-to-dot artwork... also by bus or train."
The emperor has a backed-up toilet. His shit is all over.
Does MTC (Metro Transit) spend millions of dollars to make a bus route decision? Doubtful. But half of the Gateway Corridor alternatives are for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). A high-speed bus. A fast bus. A bus that either speeds through residential neighborhoods (Alternative #4) or a bus that speeds down Interstate 94 (Alternative #3).
MTC buses currently drive that part of Interstate 94. "Yes, but not all day."
MTC buses currently drive that part of residential Saint Paul. All day. Every day. "Yes, but not at high speeds."
So this is millions of dollars spent to decide if buses should drive faster in residential neighborhoods?
"We're having an open house to discuss Gateway Corridor Alternative #4. People interested in having buses drive the existing MTC route much faster through residential Saint Paul should attend.
"We're also having an open house to discuss Gateway Corridor Alternative #3. People interested in having three added buses to the existing MTC route running down I-94 and maybe stretching the route eastward should attend. Let us know if the Gateway Corridor study money is being spent wisely.
"We're also having an open house to discuss Gateway Corridor Alternative #1. People interested in knowing more about the Do Nothing plan should attend."
And the Gateway Corridor Alternative #9 is a light rail route running from Fargo to Moorhead.