The new Transbay Transit Center opens next month in San Francisco. It’s meant to connect buses from the East Bay with MUNI, Caltrain, and High-Speed Rail. The only problem? The tunnel connecting Caltrain to the transit center hasn’t been built yet. The tunnel will be less than miles long, but building it will cost $4 billion dollars, on top of the $2.2 billion already spent on the transit center.
Andy Bosselman, a former KALW reporter, recently wrote for the website Curbed that, mile for mile, projects like this cost way less in other parts of the world. KALW’s Eli Wirtschafter talked to him about why that is.