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Friday, May 30, 2008

State 29: Tom "Electric Bus" Harkin

Excerpted from this post at State 29

I'm surprised that absolutely nobody has picked up the story of Tom
Harkin's $10 million-plus electric bus program for Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
which was recently scrapped and sold at auction for a grand total of
$30,000. Here's the original story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. And
here's the GovDeals.com web page showing that all nine buses sold for
$30,000. The nine buses had, combined, less than 200,000 miles on
them. Yep, that's right. All had less than 25,000 miles. Three had
less than 10,000 miles of service. ... But who was able to come up with
the money for the buses and the program?

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