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They're calling it "bid 2.0," Boston 2024's revised plan for the summer Olympic games in and around Boston.
The revised bid includes some 200 pages of plans and renderings, a price tag of $4.6 billion, and it recasts the 2024 games as a milestone in a longer-term vision for the future of the city. Part of that vision, says the private group pushing for the games, is the construction of two new neighborhoods in Boston — at Widett Circle and Columbia Point.
The new plan comes amid complaints that the bidding process has lacked transparency and grumblings that members of the International Olympic Committee are ready for the U.S. Olympic Committee to find a different American city to submit a bid. The question remains whether Boston 2024's new offering will satisfy its critics.
- "The bid has stumbled since getting the nod from the USOC, with local opposition and low poll numbers forcing organizers to spread some venues across the state to gain political support the bid couldn’t muster inside the city."
- "The group, wary of saddling taxpayers with a hefty bill, has in the past been reluctant to call for significant upgrades to the region’s crumbling roads and rails. But its new plan outlines several major projects it would like to see the state and city support. Those projects include $455 million for technology improvements for the MBTA Red and Green lines, which the committee insists will be necessary to handle rush hour T traffic by the year 2024 even if Boston does not host the Games."
- "It’s obvious, made more so by an informal survey of key International Olympic Committee members a few days ago in Lausanne, Switzerland, who could not have made it more plain: do the right thing, they said in straightforward, indeed blunt, language, and put this Boston 2024 bid out of its, and everyone’s, misery."
This segment aired on June 29, 2015.
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