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  1. 37 minutes ago, JohnRogers said:

    I appreciate the explanation, how come this doesn’t seem to effect the Europeans?
     

    European mega infrastructure projects blow the budget and timeline roughly as often as American ones do, if that's what you're asking. The Chunnel was 80% over budget I think I recently read.

     

    The chances of everything going perfectly (or anywhere near) according to schedule, budget, and plan when you're building miles and miles and miles of massive new shit is, just, low. If construction was perfect, we wouldn't make 30% of our profits on separate Construction Administration contracts, where we all sit there and solve problems like Winston Wolf.

  2. On 11/20/2022 at 12:15 PM, JohnRogers said:

    Says who? Maybe I'm too plugged into evil oil and rubber media but I'm hearing it's basically at a stand still. Some infrastructure pieces funded will be finished but that's it. There is no budget to finish it. Why are are mid-size and big infrastructure projects in the USA nearly always over budget and very late? My understanding about Europe jives with yours, add the Middle-East and Asia. 

     

    Agreed on your first paragraph.

     

     

    The nature of the beast. Guys like me prepare project cost estimates before they go to bid. The bigger the project, the longer it will take to construct, the more room for uncertainty there is, and the higher the likelihood the estimate will be significantly off. Far from a rail only problem, brutally expensive highway projects often run drastically over budget too (and there's no better way to get poor value for money than try to move everyone long distances in single occupant cars). Over multiple year (or several year) projects, prices escalate, unforeseen situations result in expensive change orders, a lot happens. My 2020 $4.5M estimated road cost over $6M and was completed nearly a year late. A city parking lot redo I designed was estimated and bid at $350k, and the contractor has since secured over $200k in change orders and counting. Shit does indeed happen. A recession should help material price wars f**k off, though.

  3. 1 hour ago, goose said:

    Long distance passenger rail is a waste.  Bang for buck,, CA should focus on intra-urban projects

    I think of the transportation system as a whole. One of the most useless things I see is the notion of sub-1 hour flights. Those distances should not be traveled in the air. 
     

    Inner core small projects are indeed the best return on investment. But that doesn’t mean larger projects don’t have immense value. California will have an even more insane level of wealth if they get a high speed connection between LA and SF established. It’s been rocky so far but they’re on track to eventually get there. Sucks how hard it is to build a train here. European countries have not struggled as hard to get it done. 

  4. 1 hour ago, JohnRogers said:

    Maybe the yokles are tired of reading about the high speed rail boondoggle in the newspaper three times a month. We in the USA have an infrastructure spending problem, we get little for our dollars.

    That’s because we’re addicted to car infrastructure. Asphalt roads are a very cost ineffective way to move people. I designed a 6000ft long new road that just opened this year. All in it cost about $6M. And it’ll require expensive occasional maintenance eternally. Roads bankrupt areas. Transit generates wealth. 

  5. 2 hours ago, BastillePark said:

    Did you see Toyota has a GR (Gazoo Racing? wtf?) Corolla that pumps out 300 hp from a 3 cylinder engine? 

    The power per liter is ridiculous. A friend is on a waiting list for one, but it’ll be yeaaars until his number will come up. 

  6. 1 minute ago, JohnRogers said:

    I forgot late model used is acceptable. I have secretly considered the Mustang, I enjoyed my convertible rentals. I miss my Wrangler Rubicon but I don't consider that a GT in any way. I still think about the Fiat Spider Abarth, then I remember how my wife packs on road trips.

    The automatic Fiat 124 Abarth I "accidentally" rented in spring 2018 is still one of my favorite car experiences I've ever had. That car exuded feelings of special constantly, making a turbocharged 1.4L's exhaust sound that good was previously thought to be impossible. And the automatic kept the engine in boost and on boil.

     

    Used car prices are tanking. If the maintenance is kept up, there could really be some deals in the coming months.

     

    If you haven't driven a 5.0 V8 Mustang, they're a different breed to the EcoBoosts. A hardtop manual V8 at $40,000 new is a steal for what you get.

     

    If you're really rolling in it, manual convertible or targa used 911's are an option too.

     

    Try on some of the flappy paddle options, many of them are absolutely stellar.

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  7. 41 minutes ago, JohnRogers said:

    If you were a red blooded American gear head with $50K to spend what GT type of car would you buy? This car must offer a manual transmission and some fresh air roof option.

    An acceptable choice in that arena would be a new manual 5.0 Mustang GT convertible. That 5.0 sings, and throws down about the same power as the Dodge 6.4L.

     

    Keep in mind there are few convertibles sold these days, let alone manual transmission ones. These wants greatly limit options.

     

    Jeep Wrangler is an option. The JL manual drives waaay better than the old dumptruck TJ/JK manuals. Also, Ford Bronco while we're at it.

     

    As you're aware, Mazda Miata remains an option. 40,000 miles later I still adore this car, it's truly special and a triumph of engineering. Not good for large Americans, though.

     

    You can get some used Porsche Boxster in that range, I guess. A known associate spent $45k last year on a 2013 Boxster with a 6-speed and a 2.7L. Not what I would call good value though.

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