Posts Tagged ‘rail’

Commuter Rail: Part Deux

March 23, 2009

File this under, the “are you fraking kidding me?” column.

The Austin American Statesman ran a front page / top of the fold article, “Rail opening on indefinite hold

Capital Metro said Friday that it is indefinitely delaying the opening of its Leander-to-downtown-Austin rail service in the wake of further allegations of federal safety violations and because of continued technical problems.

In addition, the transit agency called on Veolia Transportation, its rail operations contractor, to fire its local safety director. Capital Metro is bringing in rail officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which has a dozen commuter rail lines in the greater Boston area, “to assist with startup operations and safety implementation.”

To quote Michelle Huddleson from Hot Shots! Part Deux, “Now we have to go in to get the men who went in to get the men who went in to get the men.

I wish I could really laugh about this, but the sad fact of the matter is that we have spen…err, wasted quite a bit of money on what will one day be known as the “train to nowhere.”