Trains of Woe
Last month, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser - usually pro-rail in its opinions - editorialized that Honolulu should be open to buying trains for its rail system from someone other than Italian manufacturer Ansaldo.
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#1 Jul 11, 2013
Just part of the story shown below.
After European tour/vacation and $35,000 bonus to himself head rail guy has great confidence in this company.
IS IT TOO LATE TO STOP THIS KIEWIT RUN MESS?
2005: Birmingham, United Kingdom, puts up for sale 16 Midland Metro trams built by Ansaldo Transporti after just six years, calling them “rubbish.”
1999 to 2004: Media in Copenhagen refer to that city’s Ansaldo driverless trams as the “Blunderground.” Trains were delivered late and Ansaldo even charged $35 million to perform safety inspections of its own work.
Honolulu currently has a $1.4 billion contract with Ansaldo Honolulu JV, locally representing AnsaldoBreda (train manufacturer) and Ansaldo STS (signaling systems). Both of those companies are part of Finmeccanica.
It’s been a rough year for Finmeccanica. It lost $1 billion in 2012 and its chief executive, Giuseppe Orsi, was arrested earlier this year, allegedly for paying bribes to sell helicopters in India. At least, reports say he was arrested on corruption charges, but perhaps they meant corrosion.
Since: Feb 13
#2 Jul 11, 2013
because hawaii's government is mental!just look at you're governor,really look he looks mental!cchhee hhooo
#3 Jul 11, 2013
Your Rail project has been passed.
You now have the choice to keep your eye on the process and supply positive input to build the best Rail ever or just be a negative nelly like waianae lolo.
#4 Jul 11, 2013
Have you ever watched the city council?
Could have been the cast from Cuckoo's Nest.
(no cable in my house for a while so may have changed, lol).
#5 Jul 11, 2013
Many of the Cuckoo cast volunteered to be locked up..Jack Would Go.
Since: May 11
#6 Jul 11, 2013
Doesn't concern you, Arizona boy. Shouldn't you be out in the desert giving water to illegals?
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