Phoenix rapid transit plan, 1989
In 1984, the Valley of the Sun was booming, traffic was miserable, and greater Phoenix had nowhere near the infrastructure to deal with it. So a deal was struck in the State Legislature: two separate infrastructure taxes would be put to a vote: one for better mass transit, and one for more freeways. The freeway tax passed handily in 1985, but the mass transit plan, depicted here, was nothing short of a clusterfuck.
The $8 billion price tag, of course, was the problem - and freeway cost overruns weren't helping anyone's case. In the end, even the proposal's biggest booster, Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard, understood that it was a lost cause, and ValTrans went down in flames by a 3:1 margin.
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