Friday, August 12, 2005

But They Promised!

RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT!!!!

Tip for Red Line travellers: Bring your raincoats.....

Those of you that know me probably saw this post coming from a mile away.
In today's Metro, the frontpage headline states that the ever-so-smart MBTA has hired Parsons Brinkerhoff to inspect Red Line tunnels.
Even people not in the Boston area must have heard of the Bechtel/Parsons/Brinkerhoff DEBACLE with the Big Dig (http://www.masspike.com/bigdig/index.html).
Basically, they screwed up, and covered up, and any other type of up, and now the $14 BILLION project LEAKS.
I said it LEAKS.
It's a tunnel under the city.
It LEAKS.
And now the MBTA has hired the same firm to inspect and repair the tunnels on the Red Line.
A spokesperson from the T said that, due to concerns regarding Big Dig mismanagement, the T revised the P/B contract to alleviate concerns.
So basically, they made P/B promise not to get shady on this project.
Can you imagine finding out that a contractor botched a job on your neighbors house, and then hiring them for work on your house?
At this point, nothing the T does should shock me, but this takes the cake.

-TA

2 comments:

todd said...

"A spokesperson from the T said that, due to concerns regarding Big Dig mismanagement, the T revised the P/B contract to alleviate concerns."
Well then...They fixed the contract so P/B HAS to do the job correctly, right?

Makes me wonder what the original big dig contract stated.
"Create big tunnel under city with substandard material that will crack and leak.
Overcharge city and federal government by the billions."

If it was as simple as fixing the contract, then I feel much better about this project.

Rob said...

Mass. will never, ever get any more federal funding - bring on more state taxes!