As you may know, BART is getting set to lay out an enormous amount of cash on a new fleet of 775 rail cars, and the price tag keeps going up. Matier & Ross prick up their ears today at hearing that not only will the new cars cost something like $5 million apiece, but all that money will be spent in foreign countries. Of the five companies that bid for the work, none of them are located in the U.S., and the three finalists are in South Korea, France, and Canada.
Included in the price of each car is at least $850,000 in extra costs associated with sending inspectors to an offshore location to oversee construction.
At least one member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Scott Haggerty, an Alameda County supervisor, thinks Bay Area residents should be getting mad as hell about this "waste of taxpayer money."