> More on the bad subway rails in SF

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Phillip_McCavity
#1 2018-05-17 01:28:43

More on the bad subway rails in SF

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/mat … 917269.php

The Central Subway contractor that installed 3.2 miles of supposedly substandard track on the new line claims it acted “in full compliance” with its contract, despite being told by the city four years ago that it was using the wrong steel and needed to switch it out, city records show.

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On Monday, Maria Ayerdi, the former Transbay Joint Powers Authority boss now working for Tutor Perini on the subway project, sent San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s office a letter looking for help in resolving the dispute.

The letter included a statement from locally operated Con-Quest pleading its case and saying the cost of having to replace 201 tons of installed rail “will have an enormous impact on our company” and that if the city “succeeds in forcing our company out of business more than 60 employees will lose their jobs.”

The dispute also raises disturbing questions about city oversight of the subway, which stretches from South of Market to Chinatown.

Con-Quest said its use of “the standard strength rail” was basically acknowledged by the city when it submitted its bills on Jan. 27, 2015 — though city officials say that’s bunk, and that its position never wavered on the requirement to use high-strength steel.

In fact, in a Nov. 11, 2014, review of the track contract prepared by SFMTA, the contractor was flat out told that the proposed rail “does not conform to the current ... dimensions and properties” required in the deal with the city, transportation agency documents show.

That same day, Con-Quest project manager Andy Baksheeff issued a report that appeared to acknowledge the problem and said the rails would pass muster once delivered.

The contractor reportedly raised doubts about the need for high-strength steel in one correspondence with the SFMTA in 2015, but city officials immediately pushed back, and they say they never heard another mention of the matter until an independent auditor flagged the problem two months ago.

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Tom Leykis
#2 2018-05-17 03:45:38

Re: More on the bad subway rails in SF

Con-Quest is another shell bidder and contractor, who can come in - win a low bid -  milk it for all it's worth and then go out of business, but not before funding criminal democrats.

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Phillip_McCavity
#3 2018-05-17 05:03:44

Re: More on the bad subway rails in SF

Tom Leykis wrote:

Con-Quest is another shell bidder and contractor, who can come in - win a low bid -  milk it for all it's worth and then go out of business, but not before funding criminal democrats.

Oh I have zero sympathy.

They are guilty of gross stupidity.

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