The slacker's rail, Portland-Milwaukie MAX, won't die: President Obama wants $200 million for Portland-Milwaukie MAX.
The expense is absurd. 'Light Rail' is anything but, and this will cut deeply into the far more effective buses which don't shut down when ice storms strike. Curitiba, Brazil implemented Express Buses in lieu of rail with a 99.5% savings; not my figures, see the 1996 Scientific American cover story at http://goo.gl/k5qwi .
Now, factor in the fuel and labor savings intelligent driverless vehicles will bring, and this clearly is one of the last 'light' rail projects to be proposed, as 'light rail' boondoogles for the benefit of construction companies and their political friends go the way of the buggy whip and the whale oil lamp.