"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
The problem with McFarlane is that he's a Project Manager by experience.His job is to build a big project, and the second it's ready for operations he washes his hands of it and moves on. He simply has no concept of operating a facility, just building it.TriMet's mistake was hiring him as a General Manager. He's not a bad guy, just the wrong guy for the position. He has demonstrated no ability to run a system that doesn't have sex appeal. He likes big, politically popular projects that have buzz. Not mundane things like, oh, running a bus system.He doesn't believe there is any impact, because that's how he was trained. And when the shit hits the fan, of course he's going to project his pet projects that he's birthed and nurtured. Like, WES, and light rail.
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