Friday, June 1, 2012

Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement - Pike Streetcar Planning Has Jumped the Tracks

Hello Yupette,

Didn't WMATA already conduct an alternatives analysis for the proposed Pike streetcar system? And didn't that alternatives analysis determine that articulated buses, also known as bus rapid transit, would cost taxpayers $50 million versus spending $250 million for a streetcar system? Why do we need any more meetings?

Know what these streetcars have turned into? A classic taxpayer rip-off. Not only is money being wasted on something we don't need or want, but state-of-the art bus service using double deck buses isn't being mentioned. Nor are safety and environmental issues involving construction and operation of streetcars. It's gotten so bad that Arlington County employees who don't live in Arlington are being ordered to post anonymous comments promoting streecars

to local blogs using material they are handed by County public information staff.

I don't know about anyone else, but I called and am sending an e-mail to the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General. The number to call to reach the DOT IG here in the D.C. area is 202-366-0377.

Pike Rider

30 Comments:

At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupette, the U.S. DOT Inspector General recently began conducting investigations and audits of transit programs where the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has oversight.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the U.S. Transportation Department's IG Web Site:

"Audit Initiated of FTA's Oversight of Major Transit Projects in New York City".

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Transportation Department IG is also conducting audits of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous ACTAvist said...

How about the Crystal City streetcar system? The County Board refused to allow an alternatives analysis to be conducted. How fraudulent is that?

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to demand an DOT IG investigation and audit of the County Board's streetcar shenanigans.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming soon to an intersection near you.

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Seattle-light-rail-train-slices-Mountain-Dew-truck-156377325.html

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board wants to scam the Federal Transit Administration into awarding federal tax dollars to both the Pike and Crystal City streetcar systems. After the Zimmerscam the County Board pulled on the City of Alexandria it's time for a DOT IG audit of the entire mess before another federal tax dollar gets spent on the Reitsfuhrer's boondoggle.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Frau Inta said...

Our Beloved Reitsfuhrer is only concerned about creating another Unter der Linden on what is now a strip of Bolshevik shops catering to the inferior races.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Fraudsters at Pike Transit are deliberately keeping us uninformed about safety and environmental issues involving streetcars.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington and Fairfax County transportation staffs have spent countless hours planning how to scam FTA out of at least $200 million to fund the Chris Zimmerman - Penny Gross Streetcar System.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Lock all the REITsleeze m-fers up in the Plutocrat Dormitory at Allenwood.

 
At 01 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lock down Zimmy and Moran in the same 'secure residential unit' at Allenwood. Make them get up at 4 AM to milk cows, like honest Americans. They would likely both croak from the shock of having to get out of bed before 9 AM.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to mention the Reitsfuhrer's consultants and transportation lobbyists.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at the discussion occurring on another local blog about the 'independent' media.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to mention WMATA - aka we'll get around to fixing that life-threatening problem after someone is killed.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Democratic ward heelers will Zimmerman mobilize next Wednesday and Thursday?

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alternatives analysis is not real at all. It's conducted by the Columbia Pike Transit Initiative (not WMATA). They have established the options and they are now asking for "public comment." But it's a sham: the County in 2006 already endorsed the trolley. The CPTI has established that bendy buses are a fifth of the cost and would deliver almost identical service. But when you hear the sycophants at GreaterGreaterWashington or the hackish Mary Hynes, they keep making false comparisons, saying a trolley is cheaper than Metrorail or a highway, when the alternatives analysis doesn't even consider those options. A lawsuit challenging funding for this project is inevitable, and the Board is asking for it.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest Deuce double deck buses which are wildly popular on the Las Vegas Strip cost about $700,000 each, so thirty buses with a seating capacity of about 100 passengers would altogether cost $21 million dollars. Saving the taxpayers $229 million versus a streetcar system. Not even being considered by anyone in Arlington except for the Green Party.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous T.Y. said...

Yupette...Time for Occupy Arlington.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Arlington Yupette blog. It's all about making life better for us, not the sleazy politrickster weasels and their ward heelers who control us.

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The County Board is not merely looking at a lawsuit, it and its staff and consultants are looking at serious time in a federal prison camp for "attempted bribery of federal officials".

 
At 02 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Attempted" Bribery? LOL

 
At 03 June, 2012 , Anonymous Pikester said...

I would like to know why Arlington County hasn't been sued for massive re-segregation through gentrification that violates Virginia's fair housing laws.

 
At 04 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you ask the Arlington County Attorney, who signs off on all the development deals?

 
At 04 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's another Arlington decision maker who doesn't live in Arlington.

 
At 04 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montgomery County is going for dedicated BRT.

 
At 04 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bus Rapid Transit (articulated buses) don't require dedicated lanes.

 
At 04 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County should have long ago been sued for violating Virginia's fair housing laws. It's illegal to use affordable housing funds to remove minority groups from some neighborhoods and concentrate them in other neighborhoods.

 
At 09 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 6th and 7th Pike Transit meetings were the worst public meetings I've ever attended.

Latinos who live and work on the Pike and use public transit day in and day out were told they would be arrested if they attended. So who attended? Elderly people who don't use public transit.

 
At 09 June, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Dittmeier, who moderated the meetings, lives in Montgomery County, which just said no to streetcars.

 

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