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Crew members work on Winnipeg�s southwest rapid transit corridor in 2011.

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Crew members work on Winnipeg�s southwest rapid transit corridor in 2011.

Re: Finally a plan for rapid transit (Nov. 20). In keeping with inaccurate forecasts of costs of big projects in the city, I think it would be realistic to add 20 to 25 per cent (I am being very conservative here) to the $600 million projected for the cost of extending the rapid transit corridor.

That way, there will be no surprises like the ones we have recently experienced in the final costs for the stadium and the police headquarters.

And if (that's a big if) the transit corridor can be finished on target or under (even more surprising) the $600 million, then the city should hold a party, with fireworks, at The Forks, to celebrate this rare and historic event.

The party should cost no more than the savings achieved from the projected $600 million.

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 21, 2013 A14

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