The NSC strikes back
Seems like even if the NSC wins this little battle it loses the war if that is its permanent moniker. Isn't CCAC over there? A city neighborhood or two? A few new corporate headquarters sprinkled in last I checked. For dreamers, the whole point of the route was the initial step in getting mass transit out to the airport. All has been scaled back so far and muddled by the political process that nobody talks about it like that anymore, but that is where it really started long ago. and if you ever really want to get mass transit to Cranberry, you have to get over one of those dreaded rivers one way or another. As it stands now, will the Port Authority even have money to use the tunnel once it opens?
Anyway, there is another NSC story in the news in the Trib: North Shore Connector job effect difficult to detail.The article gets to a growing problem I call the demise of economic impact analysis. The confusion over simple stuff in analysis is getting worse. What constitutes 'job creation" and what the inputs are to our modesl used to meausre these things is degrading. We try to be consistent and call job creation a metric of net new permanent job creation... so jobs that last. Looks like the numbers associated with the NSC connector are "person years" or "person months" or who knows? But job creation is not just a count of bodies associated with a project, especially if their work amounts to only a period of time. It is the exact same flaw in a lot of the discussion surrounding Marcellus Shale economic impacts. Basically you never really want to count construction jobs as part of your long term job creation analysis.. and if you really feel a need to do that, you really need to label that as such. The point it to figure out the investment the new construction will then induce and for the NSC there are lots of interesting questions. With parking rates going up, will there be a new flux of parkers on the North Shore walking or biking into the Golden Triangle or biz looking for space now moving out of Downtown? Those are the real questions someone needs to be looking at now.