Anti-Trump Seattle Mayor’s Streetcars May Be Too Big For Tracks — Will Cost Taxpayers Millions
Seattle’s Trump-baiting Mayor Jenny Durkan may have ordered the wrong streetcars for the city’s transit system. As the Seattle Times reports, it’s the latest transit spending boondoggle to beset the Pacific Northwest community.
The mayor has already prepared the city’s residents for the possibility that the $52 million spent on the project could all go down the municipal drain.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wanted the 10 new streetcars in order to merge the current system, where the lines are separated. But the ones that they ordered are probably the wrong size to fit the tracks, as the new streetcars are substantially larger than the old ones.
“It appears the error will require either a change order for design of the streetcars or incur new costs for construction of new or retrofitted maintenance barns,” wrote Lisa Herbold, a Seattle councilor, in a municipal blog post.
Cost overruns have already characterized the streetcar project. Durkan initially announced that it would cost $150 million but that price tag soon rose to $200 million.
As Fox News points out, Durkan’s time as mayor has been marked by is hostility to many policies of the Trump administration, including illegal immigration, climate change and abortion.