Two rail proposals find paths to funding for same contractor
In the “death of common sense” category, COAST notes that the Ohio Controlling Board several weeks ago approved spending $26 million on a study of the slooow-speed 3-C diesel train line with engineering contractor Parsons-Brinkerhoff, categorizing it as an “operating expense,” to avoid the need for a 5th Controlling Board vote.
A day earlier, Cincinnati City Council approved a $2.6 million study of the Cincinnati Trolley, calling it a “capital expenditure,” so they could justify the monies as not being available to put more police on the streets. You guessed it: the Cincinnati study monies also go to Parsons-Brinkerhoff. For those following the bouncing ball of public contracting, Parsons Brinkerhoff was the contractor for the failed, still-vacant Riverfront Transit Center. That brilliant feat of engineering is a $42 million train station that cannot get trains to it and that has sat unused now for seven years.
By the way, State Representative Louis Blessing has a new video out on the Slooow-speed 3-C train, here.