Hey, somebody gets it.
Not only are the capital costs covered by the taxpayers, but the non-fare portion of the operating costs. Hey, how do you think those lucky public transit employees can get those 2.5%@62 or better, defined benefit pensions plus health care for life?
You should be so lucky!
But, if you listen to the public transit advocates, it's nirvana. It solves every problem from air pollution, to traffic congestion, to mobility for the poor and the elderly. Just don't mention the real cost, whatever you do or the power of the public sector employees. Cost just doesn't matter when one speaks of government programs. As long as somebody else pays.