From the Times:
This was incorrectly reported as a half-million dollar mistake by some TV outlets, although just one $250,000 truck is going to be sold, presumably at a loss of less than $250K. But hey, big numbers make big headlines, right?
It’s true that this kind of thing is a drop in the bucket on a multi-billion dollar project — less than 0.01% of the budget — but Sound Transit really needs to step up their game. Their reputation for good management is already not where it should be, because the previous regime messed up pretty thoroughly and the string of overwhelmingly positive audits haven’t really entered the public conversation.
Because of that, stuff like this and the domain name fiasco really aren’t helpful. It’s an election year, guys — get with the program.