I was just asking a question in general, not necessarily to you, but I appreciate that you singled me out and tried to belittle me in your response.
Believe me, I 'get it'. I'm well aware that the skyway is losing money and has fallen embarrassingly short of its projected numbers. I understand that very few people ride it. I also know that it has many flaws and fails to connect many parts of downtown. How do I know this? Because I ride it at least once a week.
I also drive down beach, Atlantic, Baymeadows, and JTB. These are all tools for getting citizens of Jacksonville from point A to point B. In that regard, the skyway does a much better job than the other options. It gets me from point A to point B with minimal interruptions, no traffic, and no frustration.
Atlantic is constantly congested, has poorly run intersections every half mile, has required countless expansions and improvement, and will require repairs and additions until the end of time. Just because Atlantic doesn't have the 'operating cost' you describe (which it really does), you think its a good investment.
In my opinion, the skyway shows much more potential for improving the lives and livelihood of its surroundings than Atlantic or any of the other mentioned roads. The skyway could be a catalyst for growth in DT and the urban neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the skyway does not yet connect the surrounding residents to the destinations downtown. Its like building a bridge halfway across the river and wondering why nobody uses it. It is worth the added investment to allow the skyway to realize its full potential.
My response may not be up to your supreme level of intellect, but at least it allows the brainiacs like you to see how the feeble mind of a plebeian works.