The official "line" is this, Crc was the only manufacturer that could meet the federal specs.
Of course Fred coulda applied for a waiver to some of the specs, but that would have taken time.
Fred wanted his train and was willing to do anything to get it.
It's tax money, so who cares right?
We don't see this just at TRIMET, we see it at all levels of government.
These bureaucrats take take take like they own America.
And they do, since there aint s**t we can do about it.
Its a freaking disgrace. Look at Kulingowski, gives himself a $30k raise then decides they don't have enough money so he raises our fees.
Now Fred says this to his employees:
"First, I am asking for a 5% reduction in continuing expenses in both service and division budgets."
He has just spent millions on an untested peak service only commuter train, but he now wants to cut everything else.
SHAME ON YOU FRED, SHAME!
And trying to blame it on the retirees is just not gonna wash!