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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 08:54 PM

San Francisco Chronicle: Building BART cars overseas adds insult to cost





BART is buying a sleek new fleet of 775 cars - with the first 200 costing about $5.1 million apiece when all is said and done.

The sky-high price for what amounts to a 70-foot-long railway car is sending some folks into sticker shock - especially because the cars are coming from outside the country.

"Taxpayers from the San Francisco Bay Area are paying for these railcars, and they should be built in the Bay Area," said Scott Haggerty, an Alameda County supervisor and member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The base price for each car is about $3.7 million - but that doesn't count the $850,000 apiece that BART will spend on a list of extras that includes sending inspectors to oversee the manufacturing and assembly of the cars. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/29/BAVD1MVLMB.DTL



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marmar Jan 2012 OP
xchrom Jan 2012 #1
senseandsensibility Jan 2012 #2
demosincebirth Jan 2012 #3
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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 09:03 PM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 09:09 PM

2. K, R, and thanks for posting.

Completely unacceptable

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 09:12 PM

3. Just taxpayers from S.F., Contra Costa and Alameda County have been paying for BART. Just

recently Santa Clara County opted in. That's four out of nine.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 08:57 PM

4. But you forgot the most important sentence:

 

And although bidders are required to use at least 60 percent U.S. materials and parts, federal law prohibits BART from specifying where in the country the final assembly work will be done.

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