It tells you something when the PRIIA 305 Committee reports, as of early September, that of 94 railcars under construction or completed that IDOT has conditionally accepted only 8 cars and Caltrans has not yet conditionally accepted a single railcar.
Caltrans is the lead agency on the project, but Sumitomo is technically the lead contractor, no? Does Sumitomo have any decision making authority at this point, and, if so, were they engaging in "value engineering" by going cheap on some of the finishes and fittings? Did the Sumitomo cash run out and Caltrans and/or IDOT are trying to get these cars under the wire by pinching pennies?
ETA - Happy 1800th post on this thread!
There should be information on the 305 website regarding $ on hand still. Whether or not that’s money that includes what was put towards these cars is not something I know.
I believe the lack of acceptance of the cars started with the lead issue and then other problems slowly started revealing themselves. I can tell you as a stone cold fact that there are more than eight of the new cars sitting in Chicago. Last count I had was something like 32, but it was from a distance and could easily be in error.