"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Nothing that justifies a big huge hole in the ground for four weeks, creating a massive safety hazard for buses that have a constricted driveway in and out of the Transit Center, causing backups, forcing buses to deboard riders in the left lane, causing buses to be blocked in entirely...TriMet can move with lightning speed when it comes to MAX, but when it's a bus project, it's slow as molasses. Should have been signed, sealed, delivered, and fixed three weeks ago.
Now, WES wasn't done "with lighting speed" and it was a rail project, wasn't it?Would you rather TriMet, without board approval, be allowed to spend willy-nilly and disregard project budgets instead of having to have cost increases approved? (Even if it's unlikely for the board to say "no", it puts the increase in the spotlight and, as professional journalist Michael Andersen said, sunshine is the best disinfectant).
Also, this ensures that TriMet will be reimbursed for the cost increases.
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