Remember back when the public was only on the hook for $35 million for the construction of our magnificent transit center and the work was only supposed to last a couple years? That sure seems like a long time ago. After years of delays, the price tag of this charlie foxtrot has ballooned to over $100 million, and now they're tacking on another $11M to the total cost as a result of delays caused by the concrete-pouring boondoggle and "unexpected changes to construction and utility work". Provided the worst-case scenario of a complete tear-down doesn't occur, it could even be open as early as this August, but I'll believe that when I see it.
|A vision of the very distant future|
Why the hell does everything have to take forever around here? When they construct a big new apartment building, you could blink and miss the entire process, but when it comes to a public building like our new library, we have to wait an eon. (At least they are making some progress on that one.) It's amazing the amount of uproar we see over something like a little county support of a private venture like the Fillmore, but at least the Fillmore actually opened in a reasonable amount of time and is now providing residents with entertainment and the county with tax revenue. Granted, the transit center project is a little more ambitious, but still.
You'd think after this debacle Foulger-Pratt wouldn't be able to get another construction contract from the county, but no doubt a few well-placed political donations will clear everything up. (I don't actually know if they donate to any county councilmembers or state reps, but good ol' Al Wynn was on the payroll back in the day. They sure do love Mitt Romney and hate gay marriage - though those facts are neither here nor there.)
On the other extreme, I guess we could be like Virginia and abandon worthwhile transit projects before they begin because we don't feel like paying any taxes or supporting union workers.