// Things That Also Cost What the Tunnel Costs

$4.2 Billion is a lot of money. How much is it? Here is an incomplete list of other things that cost that much:scrooge_mcduck

  • 19 of Sarah Palin’s “Bridges to Nowhere”
  • The Gross National Product of Malawi
  • The Ford Motor Company (as of Nov. 17, 2008)
  • Total Federal Department of Energy investment in Smart Grid Technology
  • $9,042.22 Checks for Every adult Seattle citizen
  • Half of Obama’s Entire National High Speed Rail Investment
  • 198,982 Toyota Priuses
  • 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
  • One Half the Annual Apple Crop of Washington
  • Doubling the Salaries and Halving the Class Size in the Seattle Public Schools for 10 years
  • 10 Years Of Full Metro Funding, Which Could Carry 1.2 Billion People Over That Time, Compared With 292 Million Over the Viaduct

Tunnel quotes

“The voters have again told us loud and clear that a new freeway through the heart and soul of the city is not the answer. I couldn’t agree more.  They’ve sent a very clear message - whether it is above ground or below, they don’t want to build another freeway on our waterfront.  The three of us have heard the voters. This is the 21st Century and what the people of Seattle have said is we must put aside the 1950s mind-set about transportation and find new and better alternatives.”
said Mayor Greg Nickels [Now he supports it.] (in Seattle Post-Intelligencer)