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    Default WJLA story on the never-ending EFC bike shed fiasco

    https://wjla.com/news/local/east-fal...l-not-finished

    "Next few months," Metro says. I won't be holding my breath. And let me get this straight, Metro hired *two* utterly incompetent contractors?

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    This project is quickly becoming Arlington's equivalent of the Silver Spring Transit Center mess.

    https://dc.curbed.com/2015/9/21/9919...transit-center

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    Default Office Pool - Predict the date the EFC bike facility opens. Win!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arlcxrider View Post
    https://wjla.com/news/local/east-fal...l-not-finished

    "Next few months," Metro says. I won't be holding my breath. And let me get this straight, Metro hired *two* utterly incompetent contractors?
    Wait!!! I think this calls for an "office" pool.

    EVERYONE! - Predict the date the East Falls Church Metro Station bicycle park and ride station officially opens for business and win beverages on me at a happy hour or coffee club.

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    Pool closes January 31, 2020, at which time I will publicize the predictions.

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    Notice also (from the story) the perfidious "duct bank" that lurks below the surface and snares the unsuspecting. See also: Columbia Pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlcxrider View Post
    Notice also (from the story) the perfidious "duct bank" that lurks below the surface and snares the unsuspecting. See also: Columbia Pike.
    ducts are similarly one of the rationales for the crappy new trail inside the sound wall on 66!

    also, the picture in that article is making me nauseous. if a little dutch angle is good, a lot must be better, right?

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    I actually took a photo back when it was only a year late.
    And then again a few months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    I actually took a photo back when it was only a year late.
    And then again a few months ago.

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    Do you also have pics of the "Spring 2011" signs for the Washington Blvd Trail? I lost mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlcxrider View Post
    And let me get this straight, Metro hired *two* utterly incompetent contractors?
    Typically US governments are required by law to hire the lowest bid contractor. This helps avoid corruption, but also often forces them to hire a company they are pretty confident is going to screw it up, cut corners, or go out of business mid-project. We need a better system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    Do you also have pics of the "Spring 2011" signs for the Washington Blvd Trail? I lost mine.
    I got your back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_s View Post
    Typically US governments are required by law to hire the lowest bid contractor. This helps avoid corruption, but also often forces them to hire a company they are pretty confident is going to screw it up, cut corners, or go out of business mid-project. We need a better system.
    They're required to hire the lowest bid qualified contractor. And in many of these cases, deficiencies or ambiguities ("errors and omissions") in the contract documents lead to problems, in other words the owner doesn't have clean hands either. Of course Metro is not going to admit that, especially if there are pending claims and counter-claims.

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