Streetcar named Dunce

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It is sad indeed that it took a Tampa city audit of the TECO Line Streetcar System to uncover that there has been no provisions made for rehabilitating infrastructure such as tracks and passenger stations.

This is like budgeting money only for oil changes on your own car, but failing to save up for the eventual down payment needed when it comes time to buying a new car.

A similar comprehensive audit of the failed Tampa Choo-Choo would have uncovered the same accounting shenanigans.

Nowhere during the run-up to the November 2011 referendum did HART or The County present light-rail infrastructure replacement costs.

Ignored was the reality that nothing lasts forever.

Over a 30 year period ALL of the rails, rolling stock and stations would have to have been replaced.

It would have been more honest for our elected officials to at least admit that they did not consider long-term costs because they wouldn’t still be in office then anyway.

Let us hope that the next round of career politicians who propose light-rail for Hillsborough think not just about re-election, but also think of the financial impacts to our children’s children.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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