Earlier this week, we gawked in amazement at the pictures of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft a mere 7,700 miles away from it. The trip cost about $720 million to fund. It sounds like a lot, but Philadelphia could do it, easily. The city, SEPTA and the management of the Phillies and Eagles have spent about that much money or more on seemingly mundane activities. In fact, a trailblazing rail line to Reading would have cost twice as much as the trailblazing trip to Pluto.
Here are seven projects proposed or initiated in Philadelphia that compare to the cost of NASA’s Pluto excursion.
SEPTA Trolley modernization: $713.5 million
City pension costs in the current budget: $687 million
Renovation and expansion of the PHL Airport: $6.4 billion