TriMet, doubling down on its expensive Washington County commuter-rail service, wants to buy two new railcars from a Texas transit agency.
The agency's board will be asked Wednesday to authorize paying Dallas Area Rapid Transit up to $1.5 million for the diesel-powered cars. They would serve TriMet's Westside Express Service, a heavy-rail line that runs between Wilsonville and Beaverton during the rush hour.
The agency would also have to pay $500,000 to refit the cars.
The agency cites "expected demands for the growing WES service," even though ridership on WES has been slipping for the last 2 1/2 years — and it wasn't all that high to begin with.
West-Side Rail has never met any expectations, so of course Tri-Met wants to spend more on it. Half a million here, a billion or two there, and pretty soon, you're talking real money.