By Casey Serin on Flickr.

The price tag for the middle segment of the ICC, from Georgia Avenue almost to Columbia Pike, has jumped another $100 million. BeyondDC points out that Virginia could build the entire Columbia Pike streetcar for less money than Maryland is wasting on the overrun alone for this one segment.

Remember, we built the Washington Metro largely out of the money that the federal government was originally going to spend on the region’s freeways. Imagine what a great transit system Montgomery and Price George’s counties could get for the $2.4 billion (or more) cost of the ICC.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.