Tricky Rick Gustafson, honcho at Porkland Streetcar, Inc., has decided not to issue any more dates specifying when the fabled streetcars from Oregon Iron Works' United Streetcar will actually be delivered or placed into service. They ordered six streetcars from the company for a mere $20 million, then agreed that United Streetcar could keep the cash but deliver only five.
So far, the company's delivered two - neither of which are running. They were supposed to deliver a third by the middle of May, but that didn't happen, either. The first streetcar they turned over - four years behind schedule - has been found to be so riddled with defects that it will have to be returned for at least six months of repairs before it stands a chance of rolling with passengers.
Every time Tricky Ricky's set a startup date, something always goes wrong - so he's just not going to bother anymore. It must be nice to get paid six figures for screwing up, year in and year out, but then, that's what government "service" is all about.
The city of Tucson, AZ also made the mistake of ordering streetcars from United Streetcar, and they're getting really testy about the company's failure to deliver. Tolerance™, Tucson, Tolerance™!
Meanwhile, the City of Porkland has backed off the previous transportation bureau decision to do no road maintenance for the next five years. So they've set aside a whopping $500,000 to throw some asphalt sealer down on a few streets. Isn't that special?
Oddly, that's the same amount that Porkland City Council was going to spend each year on fluoridating the water supply - not counting the $5 million they were going to spend on building a fluoridation facility. Since that plan got decisively shot down by voters, you might think they could scrape together a little more cash for road repairs, but you'd be wrong. More bioswales, maybe.