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ZRX1200 Offline
#1 Posted:
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http://wjla.com/news/local/metro-38-million-5-years-bike-racks

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (ABC7) — Metro has spent $3.8 million and taken five years to build two unfinished bike racks - at East Falls Church and Vienna Metro Stations.


WMATA originally budgeted $600,000 for each rack, but the price tag has soared to $1.9 million each.


The covered bike shelters will house 92 bikes, putting the price tag at more than $20,000 per bike. Future costs to finish the projects could raise that number even higher.

The projects were supposed to be completed in December of 2015 but remain unfinished in 2020.

Metro says due to “Numerous construction quality issues, including damage caused by a contractor repeatedly drilling into an underground duct bank, led to lengthy delays.”

The transit agency severed ties with the first contractor four years ago. Metro says a second contractor also did not meet its quality control standards. In a statement to ABC7, Metro says “Quality control issues with contractors can take time to sort out, but Metro determined it was more important to get the project done right rather than get it done quickly.”

In January 2020 signs at the fenced-off construction site said the project would wrap up in late 2018. After ABC7 aired its story in January, the signs were removed.

ABC7 has requested all documents related to this project between the transit agency and the contractors involved though a Freedom of Information Act request. We have still not received any documents.


While regular riders say they have not seen construction workers here in months, WMATA says it hopes to have the project completed in the next few months.
clintCigar Offline
#2 Posted:
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someone might get fired....

story in 2022
tamapatom Offline
#3 Posted:
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Maybe if you amortize over 100 tears you could justify the cost.
teedubbya Offline
#4 Posted:
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Someone should be in jail
Krazeehorse Offline
#5 Posted:
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teedubbya wrote:
Someone should be in jail


Or drawn and quartered.
Speyside Offline
#6 Posted:
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Sounds like normal to me.
delta1 Offline
#7 Posted:
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what's a bike rack?
DrafterX Offline
#8 Posted:
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teedubbya wrote:
Someone should be in jail



Could just cuff them to the bike rack for 7-9 years... Mellow
Brewha Offline
#9 Posted:
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I heard that once complete the racks are to be moved to Mar-a-Largo.
deadeyedick Offline
#10 Posted:
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The incompetence in our governments is truly astounding. As long as the money comes from taxpayers nothing is out of the question.

In my neighborhood all the sidewalk sections that end at a street are being jack hammered out to be replaced by newer sections that comply with new disability standards. This after they were all torn up a few years ago and ramps installed that met the disability standards at that time. A crew of about 6 guys do one section over 2-3 days.

I have lived here about 10 years now and have never seen a single disabled person in a chair, walker or even a cain.
Brewha Offline
#11 Posted:
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So you’er worried they are going to move in now?
deadeyedick Offline
#12 Posted:
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Brewha wrote:
So you’er worried they are going to move in now?


I'm just worried that they won't finish before the next new regulations are enacted. Or maybe that you will see my post and need to make some intelligent remark.
Mr. Jones Offline
#13 Posted:
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Somebody is getting KICKBACKS. ... on this delay
DrafterX Offline
#14 Posted:
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prolly the anti-bike peoples... Mellow
Krazeehorse Offline
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Probably all union labor too.
ZRX1200 Offline
#16 Posted:
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https://www.fox5ny.com/news/government-agents-seized-181500-in-cash-at-airport-and-wont-give-it-back

TAMPA - A Florida trucking company is suing two federal agencies, saying agents seized $181,500 in cash at Tampa International Airport and won't give it back.

The federal lawsuit filed by FGL Transport, Inc., and owners Scott Smith and Michael Rozenberg asks the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with agency officials, to return the money, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The lawsuit claims that in September, the company gave employee Boris Nulman $191,500 and a plane ticket to Cleveland to purchase several big trucks. When the cash in Nulman's carry-on bag went through a Transportation Security Administration scanner, the agents pulled it aside for an inspection.

Nulman was later allowed to leave, but only with $10,000, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He never went to Cleveland to buy the trucks.

The lawsuit says an agent gave Nulman a receipt to document the $181,500, but the federal agencies now say only $159,950 was confiscated. That's $21,550 less than what the company says was seized.

"This is legitimate money," Rozenberg said. "There is nothing dirty about this. We have evidence to show we took this out of our business account. Something is fishy here."

The company says it proved the cash wasn't connected to illegal activity and contends agents violated the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment for warrantless searches and seizures.

Leslie Sammis, a Tampa attorney representing the three men, was in court Thursday and unavailable for comment, the newspaper reported. Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also could not be reached for comment.

Nulman was questioned for 45 minutes at the security checkpoint and then asked to go to the airport's police station. The company submitted a "verified claims form" to get the money back, the lawsuit said.

A customs official replied in a letter weeks later, saying the agency was seizing $159,950 because it was proceeds from "specified unlawful activity" such as the manufacture, sale or distribution of a controlled substance. The customs letter didn't detail the discrepancy over the amount, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper reported that the government hasn't provided any reason it believes the money came from illegal activities.

The lawsuit contends that using cash to purchase big rigs is a common industry practice. The company had planned to build its fleet with trucks that were not at a dealer or an auction, and the independent owner didn't want a bank wire or cashier's check because of fraud tied to certified checks in Florida, Rozenberg told the newspaper.

He said it's not a crime to carry large amounts of money on a domestic flight, and Nulman, who is Rozenberg's son-in-law, also provided names and phone numbers to verify the money's origin.

After the lawsuit was filed, Rozenberg said he and Nulman received letters from Customs and Border Protection revoking their participation in the Global Entry Program, which allows for pre-approved entry into the U.S. The program requires an application, fingerprinting and extensive background check. Rosenberg told the Times the revocation is no coincidence.

Rozenberg said he's an owner and investor in the trucking company, while Smith manages the daily operation. The money seizure is starting to hurt the firm, he said.

"They are treating us like criminals," said Rozenberg. "This does not make any sense."
frankj1 Offline
#17 Posted:
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Boris?

that's all the evidence I need.
Abrignac Offline
#18 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
what's a bike rack?


Dead Aggies buried face down with their asses above ground.
Abrignac Offline
#19 Posted:
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At some point I hope the SCOTUS rules the law unconstitutional because it deprives the the property owners the right to due process. I’m surprised a test case hasn’t made it to the Court.
frankj1 Offline
#20 Posted:
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Abrignac wrote:
Dead Aggies buried face down with their asses above ground.

so, I'm probably the only one here that never heard that before...HA!
delta1 Offline
#21 Posted:
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Abrignac wrote:
Dead Aggies buried face down with their asses above ground.


nuh uh...that's a speed bump...
delta1 Offline
#22 Posted:
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#16 ^ idiots never hearda cashier's check? their story sounds fishy....
frankj1 Offline
#23 Posted:
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Boris?
frankj1 Offline
#24 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
#16 ^ idiots never hearda cashier's check? their story sounds fishy....

5th from the bottom...

"The lawsuit contends that using cash to purchase big rigs is a common industry practice. The company had planned to build its fleet with trucks that were not at a dealer or an auction, and the independent owner didn't want a bank wire or cashier's check because of fraud tied to certified checks in Florida, Rozenberg told the newspaper."


oh, yeah, that makes sense.
delta1 Offline
#25 Posted:
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I haveta be more careful reading this stuff...before jumping to conclusions...


but even with that "characterization" of cashier's checks in FL, this smells like a laundromat...
frankj1 Offline
#26 Posted:
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Boris???
izonfire Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
Boris???

Karloff???????
frankj1 Offline
#28 Posted:
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izonfire wrote:
Karloff???????

is that like Uber?
teedubbya Offline
#29 Posted:
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Uber cool
frankj1 Offline
#30 Posted:
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teedubbya wrote:
Uber cool

but Boris bad enough
izonfire Offline
#31 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
but Boris bad enough

he Abbey Normal...
teedubbya Offline
#32 Posted:
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Whenever I see Ester I get sleepy.
DrafterX Offline
#33 Posted:
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Gorilla cookies..?? Huh
ZRX1200 Offline
#34 Posted:
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“Smells like a laundromat”


Did you miss the part where they provided evidence that the money was legally taken out of a business account??
ZRX1200 Offline
#35 Posted:
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And the part where they shorted the receipt of what they actually seized.....
frankj1 Offline
#36 Posted:
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DrafterX wrote:
Gorilla cookies..?? Huh

I'm comin' Elizabeth.
teedubbya Offline
#37 Posted:
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I think it’s spelt cu

Ah nevermind
ZRX1200 Offline
#38 Posted:
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I thought it was ON Eileen?
Mr. Jones Offline
#39 Posted:
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#16 zrx1200

This DOES NOT SURPRISE ME AT ALL !!!

MY GUESS IS? IT DOESN'T SURPRISE YOU EITHER?

IN FACT...Y.O.U. ARE EMPLOYEED BY THIS MASSIVE MONEY CONSFICATING MACHINE CALLED U.S. FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT...YOU KNOW FIRST HAND THAT
"CASH IS KING" IN UR WORLD...

Sounds to me? That the government just stalls and lies and makes innocent U.S. citizen's spend money on lawyers they can't afford to get their legally made cash back ....

It is a R.A.C.K.E.T. to line Individuals PERSONNAL pockets
( The missing $21,550 that was skimmed by the arresting agents) And to appease their bosses to increase the bottom line budget money (the $159,950).
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