Auditor knocks MDOT on $12M unused rail car debacle

February 13, 2015

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Transportation auditor general released a report today criticizing the Michigan Department of Transportation for its handling of a multimillion-dollar project to refurbish and lease rail passenger cars it can’t use – a $12-million debacle made public by the Free Press in a Feb. 1 article.

In his report, Auditor General Doug Ringler identified additional costs that he said will push the total project cost even higher…

Today’s audit added some new details. It said MDOT may face another $3.7 million in refurbishment costs if its opts to add handicapped-accessible restrooms to 14 more coach cars − a move that would help the department offset costs through sub-leases while it waits for commuter services to be approved…

Read the rest of the story in the Detroit Free Press, 13 February 2015.

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