Supes suffer sticker shock over cost of BART’s ‘fancy tents’ to cover escalators

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Market Street canopy project to total $91.3M, with around half coming from city transportation bond

Members of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday questioned the high price tag on a plan to place costly canopies over transit station escalators along Market Street.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee put the brakes Wednesday on funding for the $91.3 million BART project, which would install entrance canopies that include gates that lock, to get more information…

Dana said that San Francisco’s structures “are a specialized canopy.”

“If you’ve seen the two pilot canopies that we constructed, the ceiling is kind of like a floating cloud. It is a design that we worked with the city developing,” Dana said. “They are a little different than the ones that are being provided in Berkeley and Oakland, a little bit more costly.”…

‘“This is such a hefty amount of money that actually I would like to get more information on this,” Fewer said… (more)

Why are we always buying the highest priced design? When can we get back to buying off the rack? How many places do we need to go to find out whether the trains are on time or not?

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