Today's award goes to Hawaii's railway project, which has had to admit an embarrassing - and extremely expensive - failure to coordinate.
The trains built for Honolulu's troubled rail project have wheels that are too narrow for the track, and solving the problem will lead to more issues or more delays.
Replacing the wheels will add too much weight to the trains. Replacing the tracks would push the timeline back a year.
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The too-thin wheels are in addition to other problems ... including subpar welding and sandblasting that created cracks.
The 20-mile, 21-station project is now budgeted to cost $12.449 billion, is not scheduled for completion until March 2031 and has no easy way to plug a $3.577 billion shortfall.
There's more at the link.
The mind boggles at the colossal incompetence of design teams never bothering to check with each other whether the wheels one ordered would work with the rails another ordered, and vice versa. It's absolutely insane - but it happened, and it's costing billions. Of course, they're only taxpayer dollars, so bureaucrats aren't too worried about that. What's more, since Hawaii is one of the bluest of blue states, there's little likelihood the government that permitted such incompetence to flourish will be kicked out by outraged voters (although such a fate would be no more than it deserves).
According to the World Population Review, Hawaii (all the islands, not just ) has a population of 1,406,430. Each and every one of them is now on the hook for more than $2,500 as their individual share of the cost overrun on this project - and that's over and above the initial cost of the rail network. (Let's remember, too, that it'll serve only one island in the chain. I wonder what the residents of the other islands feel about being forced to pay for this screw-up, which will do nothing whatsoever for them?)
Bureaucrats and politicians. They're a lethal combination.